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
My two Bobbies, Steve and Jeff, work tremendously hard to make the homes of the people they visit more secure and safe – and spend time explaining how the security devices work and what other preventative measures can be taken to feel safer in their own homes and when out and about. So it can be very frustrating for them when they go back to re-visit a home, only to find that all the window and door alarms have been switched off and the doors left unlocked, despite the home owner fearing that the offender would return and enter the house! People do have to take responsibility for their own safety. Most crime prevention measures are common sense and take very little time or effort to implement. It costs our charity on average £130 to work at each home, so when we see that people are not using our security devices as they were intended to be used, you can imagine how we feel!!
We are now members of the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and I do hope that over the next 12 months we will find the membership to be an invaluable resource as we continue to raise our charity profile.
I met with Bren Coleman from the Chamber and she explained what the benefits of membership will be. Obviously the more we utilise what is available to us, the more we should be able to benefit from becoming members. It looks to be a very vibrant and active organisation that provides businesses and charities – I didn’t realise charities could become members until now – with the right connections and opportunities to move forward and succeed.
We can promote our charity in their monthly magazine, on their website and at the 5 local chambers networking events, as well as gaining knowledge at various workshops and seminars.
With over 1200 members we hope that there may be some sponsorship opportunities for us. As a small charity we are continually looking to work in partnership with other organisations and local businesses to enable us to help more vulnerable people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. If your business would like to work with us and support our work please do contact us on 01480 413311. We would love to hear from you!
I am a Police Officer for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, I am currently doing my 16 weeks training. Part of this is to spend 2 days working within the local community. I decided to choose the Bobby Scheme because, whilst I was a Special Constable I had made several referrals but didn’t have a comprehensive understanding of what the Bobby Scheme did. I just knew they supported victims of crime, but didn’t really know how.
I spent two days with Steve and it is safe to say his passion and enthusiasm definitely made an impact on me. Steve was really engaging and supportive when we went to visit various victims of crime and the difference we were able to make really shows how amazing this charity is.
The charity is fantastic, it focuses on helping victims, by fittings new locks, door chains, mailboxes, door alarms, window alarms and other security devices.
It is safe to say I will be an advocate of this charity and will recommend its services to victims that I will deal with.
Owlprotect.uk has been set up by Online Watch Link and is run by Neighbourhood Watch volunteers. NHW helps raise awareness of crimes and scams in local areas and their on line shop offers a range of affordable security products. One of their items is the Patlock – a protection device for patio/French doors. As many burglaries occur at the rear of the property via the patio door, the padlock locks doors securely and easily. The website is selling the device for £42.50 with free delivery.
Owlprotect.uk has kindly agreed to donate £5 to the Bobby Scheme for every padlock sold via their website in Cambridgeshire.- – www.owlprotect.uk
This week is Dementia Awareness Week and the Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia. Their website states that:
Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone.
That’s why, during the Week, we want everyone to come together and take action. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding, improve care and urgently ﬁnd a cure.
The Bobby Scheme would like to support this week and unite the local community against dementia at the Safer Homes event being held on May 24th at Hampton Police Station. Jeff will be available to not only give security advice but also share information about dementia.
It seems such a long time since I posted any feedback we have received – even though we do get positive comments back on a daily basis!
We recently received a lovely letter from a lady who had been a victim of an attempted burglary with the offenders banging on her window. As a result of the incident the lady had suffered a heart attack and been admitted to hospital. We visited when she came out and fitted a range of security devices to help her feel much safer. She sent us a lovely letter saying “a sincere thank you for arranging a visit to my house to make it so very secure. I am now so much more settled and happy”