Friday feedback

August is always a difficult month – the criminals never take holidays it seems but we do.  It means that we only have one Security Advisor covering the whole of the county during August.  This isn’t ideal as we are unable to get to see victims as quickly as we would like to.   Please do accept our sincere apologies for this!

But we still receive good feedback and the following is some that we have had this month:

” A brief but sincere thank you for arranging for Mr Price to visit my home to make it so very secure.  I am now so much more settled and happy”

“Since the crime I have felt quite vulnerable. So having extra security fitted has made me feel much safer, so much appreciated. Thank you”

” I live on my own and I am most impressed by the whole experience”

” You pointed out areas of vulnerabilities and fitted various devices, all of which put us in a better frame of mind. We both feel much more at peace of mind”

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Bobby Scheme bags funding!

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £2000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed that the Bobby Scheme has been awarded £2000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The grant will help the scheme fit key safes at the homes of vulnerable, elderly and disabled people to allow them to remain in their own home. The key safe will allow carers to access the home and for hospitals to discharge patients quickly to stop bed blocking. Many older people are unable to purchase and have fitted a key safe and often leave their external doors unlocked, even at night! This leaves them very vulnerable and potential victims of crime. Fitting a key safe will improve the health, quality of life and safety of vulnerable adults and help them to remain independent.

“This is fantastic news. We are delighted to have received funding from Tesco’s Bag of Help initiative. It will really make a difference in our local community and help us support those who are most vulnerable”

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

 

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Summer holidays are here!

Schools are breaking up and holidays begin.  It’s an exciting time of year, but …….. you don’t want your holiday spoilt by returning to find your home has been broken into.  Most burglaries occur when there is nobody at home so please do think about your security before you leave for your well earned holiday – much of it is common sense:

  • have you cancelled your newspapers and milk?
  • have you a neighbour who will look after your home while away – pop in to draw your curtains at night, take in any mail, leave a car on the driveway – anything to make your house look occupied?
  • have you locked all your tools away in the garage or shed?
  • have you checked all door and windows are locked?
  • have you considered using timer switches?
  • have you removed valuables from view?
  • have you considered what information you should put on social media and not mentioned you are going away?

Simple things but could make the difference between having an enjoyable time away or not!

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Loving the sport!

If you love sport then there is much to look forward to over the next few weeks – tennis finals [ I’m still watching Federer!],  Grand Prix, Test cricket, the World Para athletic championships and the Open golf. What a choice!  But I will repeat what I said last week – don’t get so immersed  watching your favourite sport and forget to secure your home – it’s easily done and to think “it will never happen to me”.  Only last week burglars entered the home via a side door and stole mobile phones and handbag from the kitchen table while the homeowners were in the next room.  Being a victim can happen to anyone!

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Wimbledon fortnight

It’s that time of year when many of us tennis fans become couch potatoes  – of course it’s Wimbledon fortnight!  I love watching Roger Federer play and can’t take my eyes off the TV when he’s on!  We all have our favourite players and probably spend too much time clued to the TV and wishing, like me, that you were actually there on centre court eating strawberries and drinking Pimms!

How easy is it to become so focussed upon the tennis but forget about the security of our home?  Particularly with the hot weather – is your back door open while you are sitting in the lounge watching TV?

Before switching on the TV, please think about the security of your home – do ensure that both front and back doors are locked; keep any valuables out of sight and reach; don’t leave handbags, purses, wallets or keys on the kitchen table. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to run into your house and steal your bag or keys that have been left on view near the open door!

Have a lovely, enjoyable week watching the tennis and I hope your favourite player does well!

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Feedback Friday

Some of the comments we have received in June:

“Fantastic service from the Bobby Scheme. I feel that the issues experienced can now be managed, especially with the alarms and good advice.  This is a great benefit to me and will reduce the stress I’ve felt from the issues”

“Your visit will help me relax and get back to normal. thank you”

“You have been of enormous benefit. I feel looked after and Steve has been both efficient and friendly. Thank you for such a helpful service”

“We now feel much more safer and it has eased our minds. The peace of mind that no-one can get in through our doors or windows easily is wonderful – great job”

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Tragic event

The Grenfell Tower block fire was an absolutely awful, tragic event and the devastation and the loss of lives will haunt me and many people for years and years to come!

We will never forget such a tragic event but it can also remind us about our own safety and what we should be doing to protect ourselves and our loved ones.  We work with the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and carry out home fire safety checks at every home we visit, fitting smoke alarms where necessary.  But how many people who own  smoke alarms test them regularly?  I know I don’t!  But they should be checked at least every month – it’s simple to do and it could save lives.  Many of us do not live in high rise buildings, but fires can happen anywhere, at any time, and every home should have an alarm fitted on each floor of the house.

I know I will test my alarms more regularly – I hope you will too!

For more information about fire safety visit http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk

 

 

 

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