Crime prevention shows hit the road

A SERIES of crime prevention roadshows are being held across Havering to make residents safer.

Havering Council has teamed up with the police for the Community Safety Week, which starts tomorrow and runs over throughout the half term holiday.

The focus of the roadshows will be on making homes more secure, as well as personal safety while people are out and about.

Community safety officers will be handing out free purse chains and UV marker pens.

Tips will also be given on avoiding being a victim of vehicle crime, which has increased in recent months, and children will be given road safety advice.

The council’s trading standards officers will advise residents on cold callers and also promote the Buy with Confidence approved traders scheme.

In addition, police will also be holding a series of dedicated burglary road shows.

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Cllr Geoff Starns, cabinet member for community safety, said: “During half-term we and the police have road shows all over the borough with advice on everything from burglary, vehicle crime, road safety, being safe while out on the town and cold callers.”

The first community safety roadshows will be tomorrow (Friday) from 10am to 2pm outside Santander, South Street, Romford; on Monday, February 21 outside Fatling and Firkin, High Street, Hornchurch, from 10am to 2pm; and on Tuesday, February 22 at Tesco in Bridge Road, Rainham from 10am to noon.

The first burglary roadshows are tomorrow at Cranham Community Centre, Marlborough Gardens, from 10am to noon, and at Queen’s Hospital from 9am to noon.