Improving personal safety event – Thur 23 April 2015

Practical advice and assistance on simple ways of improving your personal safety will be available at a free one-day event being staged in Croydon’s Whitgift Centre on Thursday 23 April 2015.

The event will be held from 11:00 to 14:30 at various locations in Croydon, as well as the Whitgift Centre.

Designed to showcase the vast range of services that are in place locally to protect people against crime and to support those who fall victim to it, the event will be packed with expert advice, information and guidance on the steps people can take to safeguard their own security and that of their home and belongings.

Advice on how to avoid falling victim to doorstep criminals and rogue traders will be among the topics covered, along with information on deterring burglars and car thieves, securing your personal possessions and travelling safely on public transport.

Croydon Police Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant and his senior management team will also be in attendance, providing people with an opportunity to find out about policing in Croydon for the year ahead and the chance to raise questions.

Free security items such as personal safety alarms, purse bells (anti bag-theft devices) and property marking pens will also be available.

Representatives from the British Transport Police will be dispensing crime prevention advice and bicycle marking services to commuters at East Croydon station between 11.00 – 13.00 hours,  while cycle marking will also be available in North End during the afternoon.

Croydon Council’s Youth Support team will be out in force too providing advice and information to young people from their Youth Bus in North End.

The event is being staged by the Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Board – one of several independent groups set up across London and funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) to give local communities a voice on policing and policing issues.

The activities are being delivered with support from a number of agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Croydon BID, Safer Croydon Partnership, London Fire Brigade, Age UK, Victim Support, Safer London Foundation, Croydon Neighbourhood Watch, Croydon Council and charity Lives Not Knives.

Commenting on the event, Monique Rebeiro, Chair of the Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Board said:

“This is a great way of highlighting the huge range of initiatives that are in place across Croydon to deter and tackle crime and to reinforce the widespread commitment of all agencies to ensure everyone regards our borough as a comfortable and safe place to be at all times.”

Shaun Webster, business crime reduction manager at Croydon BID added:

“Croydon BID is pleased to bring this event back again to the Town Centre in association with a wide range of partners who can provide a wealth of expert advice and information to people on practical and often, inexpensive ways, of improving their own safety. We hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of what’s on offer during the day.”

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Notification received, late afternoon of 17 April.