THE Thurrock Community Safety Partnership has been raising awareness of crime prevention in and around Stanford-le-Hope following an increase in domestic burglaries.
The day of action was supported by Essex Police, the council’s community safety and Stanford housing teams as well as members of the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
The day (Tuesday. 24 September) involved visits to the local train station, Stanford-le-Hope Primary and the High Street to give out free anti-burglary and car theft information, advice, property security markers and anti-theft number plate packs.
Essex Police’s Insp Leigh Norris said: “Essex remains a very low crime area, but burglaries do happen and there is, on occasion, a trend to target houses and steal vehicle keys and the vehicles themselves.
“This form of burglary, along with conventional offences where homes are broken into with the intention of stealing property, are particularly harrowing crimes which can have a devastating effect on the victim and something we take very seriously and try our hardest to prevent, reduce and detect.”
Andy Gavin Dennett, the council’s head of public protection added: “We have seen an increase in domestic burglary and vehicle crime recently and we wanted to take some positive action to help raise awareness and give advice to residents about how to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
“The teams spoke to and spent time with over 350 local people on the day. with security markers and anti- theft packs being given out to all of them.”