Left to right) Mike Stephenson, Insp Janet Heritage and the CrownGate
Residents of Worcestershire are being invite to a one-stop shop set up by West Mercia Police to learn how to Love Your Home and protect themselves and their property from crime. The Love Your Home shop will open for one week only starting on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday 14 February, at Worcester’s CrownGate shopping centre.
Local people can pop in to get advice from officers on crime prevention, pick up a few crime-fighting freebies and learn about services such as property marking and the Immobilise* website, where you can register your valuable items for FREE. They can also arrange a visit from the local fire service to do a safety check of their home as well as get on-the-spot advice from local health workers.
People will even get the chance to win a Kindle e-reader simply by leaving their contact details so they can be sent e-newsletters from West Mercia Police.
Inspector Janet Heritage, who leads local policing in Worcester, said:
“This is the second year the Love Your Home shop has been set up and last year it was a real success with thousands of people visiting us. It is a fabulous opportunity for people to come along and learn how to protect their property with all of the information they need all under one roof.
“This can include marking their possessions, tips on how to keep valuables as secure as possible and both inside and outside their homes. This can be anything from a push-bike to a games console or jewellery. We are also really pleased that other agencies are joining us to ensure as much advice is on hand as possible for those who drop in.”
Representatives from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Neighbourhood Watch, South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, Safer Worcester, the Safer Roads Partnership and other agencies will be in the shop throughout the week. Bluetooth messages promoting the shop and crime prevention messages will also be sent to shoppers in CrownGate.
Crime Risk Manager for South Worcestershire, Mike Stephenson, added:
“This is a great opportunity for people to learn that very simple steps can be taken to protect their home and their property. People will still be enjoying their Christmas presents and may not realise the combined value can be quite considerable and these steps can protect them from losing them to criminals.”
The Love Your Home shop is situated in the CrownGate shopping centre opposite Mothercare and will be open from Tuesday 14 February until Saturday 18 February. It will be open from 10am to 4pm daily.
Insp Heritage added:
“West Mercia Police is extremely grateful to CrownGate for generously letting use one of their vacant shops for two years running. “
CrownGate’s operations manager John Hopkins said:
“We are pleased to welcome the Love Your Home team back to the centre for a second year for this event, which we feel offers some very valuable and important safety advice for the local community.”
Immobilise is a free online service where people can register their valuables. Suspected stolen items recovered by police are checked to see if they have been registered and to whom.
If an item is stolen and later recovered, being registered on Immobilise.com will not only will it help police return it to its owner, it will also help us to detect burglary and handling stolen goods offences and bring prosecutions against thieves.
For more about property marking and Immobilise visit the force website http://www.westmercia.police.uk/ and follow the ‘security marking’ link.