Crime prevention activity will take place on Wednesday 21 February in the Haydock, Yatesbury and Zeals Garth areas of Bransholme, Hull as part of a year-long initiative working with residents to make homes safer.
Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and other partners will be in the area between 9am and 4pm, offering home safety advice and helping local residents to reduce the number of burglaries in the area.
The local community policing team, representatives from Hull City Council, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Urban Community group and the Neighbourhood Network will be visiting properties and residents will be offered a home security survey, a free outbuilding alarm and crime prevention advice.
They will also be given practical advice about how to reduce the risk of their homes being targeted by burglars. Support will be offered to help people register for a free Immobilise account and assistance will be given to help upload details of valuables onto the site (www.immobilise.com).
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will be on hand to assess any potential fire risks in the home, test smoke alarms and give relevant fire prevention advice.
Five events have taken place so far and we have visited over 600 residents. During those visits 494 alarms have been fitted, 282 bicycles have been uploaded to Immobilise and 72 fire hazards have been referred to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. Following the third event, crime figures showed a 38 percent reduction in out-building burglaries.
PCSO Raphan Batty from the Community Policing Team, said: "Initiatives like this are essential in helping residents to protect themselves and have proved invaluable in reducing crime in other areas.
“Often, simple changes to home security can be the difference in keeping a property safe and secure, we want to use Wednesday’s visit as an opportunity to help reduce crime and keep people and their belongings safe and away from prying eyes.”
The crime prevention events were funded by Hull City Council North Carr Area, after the Garths area of the city was identified as a long-term burglary hotspot. The event will be supplemented with operational activity targeting those committing burglary offences in the area.
PCSO Batty added: "The events and activity that have taken place already this year have heightened residents’ awareness in preventing crime, while increasing reporting of those offending in their neighbourhood.
“We are confident that this week’s event and subsequent operational activity will continue to have a positive impact on the community, securing property, making residents feel safer and further reducing crime.
“I encourage residents to support the police in our endeavour to reduce crime by reporting those involved in criminality or people who are acting suspiciously in their area by calling us on 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."