NEW school term – new bag, new uniform, new equipment. Don’t forget to take sensible precautions to protect personal belongings.
“Lock it in UR Pocket” – a campaign created by Gable Hall School pupils – remains a clear message to young people to help protect items especially mobile phones.
Thurrock Council Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Cllr Angie Gaywood said: “A new school term is an exciting time particularly for anyone starting a new school. With so much to remember it is easy to forget the common sense things like securing your bike.
“It is very tempting to walk along chatting on your mobile phone but this can leave you vulnerable and unaware of your surroundings, particularly when crossing the road.”
Cycling is a cost effective and healthy option for young people to travel to school but bikes should also be security marked and securely locked with a strong chain which goes through the frame of the bike.
Security marking of all personal items is also a useful way to help protect belongings like laptops and bikes. The UV pens should be used to mark items with a postcode and door number to help police track them if they are stolen.
More crime prevention and safety advice is available from the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership at www.shapingthurrock.org.uk/safer/