Scheme to protect vulnerable launches

Thames Valley Police are encouraging residents to identify vulnerable and elderly neighbours in their community as part of a scheme set up to offer extra reassurance.

Officers from West Oxfordshire neighbourhood police teams will be visiting vulnerable residents to introduce themselves as a point of contact for any concerns they may have.

West Oxfordshire Neighbourhood Inspector Ollie Holland explains: “Vulnerable and elderly residents often feel they don’t want to bother anyone or be a burden but we want to make sure they know they can contact their local police team if they have any issues. We work hard with our partners such as Trading Standards to reduce doorstep crime and this is a key part of getting that prevention message across. Each resident we visit will receive a pack containing information on protecting yourself from bogus callers and general advice on home and personal security so if you know anyone who could benefit from this scheme please contact us.”

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership has compiled the packs which contain:

  • Leaflets on improving home security
  • Trading Standards ‘no cold callers’ stickers
  • Purse bell to prevent thefts from handbags
  • Nominate a Neighbour cards which refer unknown visitors to a designated neighbour who can check their identification to ensure the caller is genuine. They can also supervise the visit.
  • The Lions ‘message in a bottle’ which is stored in the fridge and contains medical details for paramedics to use in times of emergencies.

Any residents who wish to add a neighbour, relative or themselves to the scheme can telephone the non-emergency police number, 101, and ask for their neighbourhood police team.

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