PCSOs on hand to offer winter safety advice in Gravesend
Kent Police officers have been meeting with residents from Gravesend this week to discuss crime prevention over the Christmas Period.
Since Monday, our Police and Community Support Officers have been at St George’s Shopping Centre with tips and tools to stay safe.
It is part of a wider project, involving Kent Fire and Rescue, wardens from Kent County Council and other services, known as the Community Safety Shop.
Members of the public have been able to visit the shop, located opposite WHSmiths, from 10am to 4pm, with the last day on Friday 8 December.
Visitors can discuss everything from the best locks, to personal safety, food hygiene and fire prevention with the above services.
The shop is offering free purse and wallet chains, personal attack alarms, and ultra violet markers to mark your property.
There will also be items to purchase such as timers to turn lamps on automatically and a TV replicator which mimics the flickering light of a TV.
Inspector Allen Searle, part of the Gravesham community safety team, said: ‘My colleagues have been on hand throughout the week to advise on personal safety, the safety of your property, or simply for a general chat. They’ve also been handing out freebies and other tools to help with crime prevention.
‘I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit so far, and hope our tips and tools have helped relay any concerns.
‘Enjoy the winter period and stay safe if you’re outside during the darker nights. Stay with a group on a night out, stick to well-lit and well-used areas, and let family or friends know what time you are due to arrive home.
‘When leaving the house, ensure all windows and doors are locked, leave a light on so it appears someone is still in, and do not leave your personal belongings on display.’
The Community Safety Shop is organised by Gravesham Borough Council’s Community Safety Unit, and works with the council’s Environmental Health Team, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue, G-Safe, North West Kent Crime Prevention Panel and Kent County Council Wardens.