THE Thurrock Community Safety Partnership has been raising awareness of crime prevention in and around Corringham following an increase in domestic burglaries.
The day of action was supported by Essex Police, the council’s community safety, trading standards, and housing teams as well as members of the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
The day (Thursday 7 November) centred around an information stand in the town where free anti-burglary information, advice and property security markers were given out to residents.
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.”
Cllr Angie Gaywood portfolio holder for public protection added: “We have seen an increase in domestic burglary recently in the Corringham area 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 360 local people on the day, with property marking kits given out to all of them.”