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Acquisitive crime busting in Rugby

What we are doing to address acquisitive crime?

Rugby Project Officers are working with the Community Safety Partnership on Project TAG which tackle serious acquisitive crime like burglary and theft of and from vehicles in the area. 

The aim of the project, which began as a pilot in 2010, is to allow rapid real time dissemination of information and advice in areas affected by this type of crime, to address residents concerns and to provide them with guidance on how to keep themselves and their property safe.

TAG operates in two phases. The first involves community safety staff visiting the hot spot areas to distribute leaflets to local residents.  The literature promotes the local policing teams, gives security advice to residents, informs them of the work that is taking place to address local issues and invites them to attend a roadshow for more information.

The second phase is the roadshow, which brings the mobile police station to key areas in the community.  Community Safety packs are distributed at these events to members of the public containing crime prevention advice along with free safety devices such as, a door alarm, property marking materials and a sat nav cloth.

 Why we are doing it?

Whilst Warwickshire is still one of the safest places in the country to live, the downturn in the economic climate has led to a national increase in the levels of serious acquisitive crime. Local residents have also identified this as one of their main concerns. As statutory agencies we have a responsibility to address this problem and ensure that our communities and residents are safe and feel safe.

 How you can help?

 By following this simple advice, you can help to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of acquisitive crime.

  • Don’t hide spare keys; leave them with someone you trust. Burglars know where to look.
  • Fit good locks to doors and windows and use them.
  • Change locks when you move into a new home.
  • Use lights and radios on timers to make your home appear occupied.
  • Keep windows and doors secure when you are elsewhere in your home or garden.
  • Fit a good quality alarm from a reputable supplier.
  • Fit and use a door chain.
  • Join Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Find out about property marking.

For further information contact:

 Paul Collett, Community Safety Project Officer for Rugby on 01788 533817 or paulcollett@warwickshire.gov.uk

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