‘Look after your elderly neighbours this Christmas’ – Newry PSNI

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Police in Newry are asking the local community to help them look after the elderly and vulnerable in the community this Christmas. Officers on patrol across the district say they will take time to speak to the elderly and vulnerable in our communities and provide them with advice on how to keep safe and protect their property and provide reassurance that police will be out and about over the festive period detecting and deterring crime. Sergeant Wendy Walker told Newry Times, “We know that the elderly and vulnerable can often have a fear of crime and we want to allay those fears and help them to feel safe in their own community. “We will be speaking to local residents to provide them with useful advice on how to protect their homes and reduce their chance of becoming a victim of crime. We also want them to know that police are in their neighbourhood, carrying out patrols and on hand to discuss any of their concerns. “As with so much of the work we do, the support of the local community is vital. We are asking the public to take time to speak to any of their elderly or vulnerable neighbours and make sure they are safe and secure,” she added. There are a number of steps that householders can take to secure their homes this winter. This includes: Aways lock your windows and doors, even when you are at home. Do not answer the door to people you do not know – ask to see identification through a window and use the QUICKCHECK number FREE on 0800 013 22 90 to check if the caller at your door is genuine. If you are concerned or worried about suspicious activity in your area, phone police on 0845 600 8000 or in an emergency 999. For anyone who is feeling isolated in their home, the Good Morning NI Network provides a support network. The FREE telephone service offers a daily or weekly call service when volunteers will ring for a friendly chat, to check that you are well and to make you aware of other services and opportunities that are available. The Network has developed joint protocols with PSNI and Victim Support NI and pass on timely crime prevention messages to their service users, as well as providing general support and reassurance. You can ask police to pass your details to Good Morning NI Network. Sergeant Walker added, “We want everyone to feel safe in their own home and neighbourhood, and to equip them with the information they need to make their home secure. I would encourage anyone who would like further information or advice to contact their local neighbourhood policing team or crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.”
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