Bassetlaw: Pupils join forces with police to drive down burglary

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School pupils are being invited to join police in their quest to reduce burglary in Bassetlaw.

Pupils aged 11-14 from schools across the district and Newark & Sherwood are being tasked with designing a poster to help raise awareness among their communities, families and friends of how to best protect their property from thieves.

Eleven secondary schools in the north of the county will take part in the competition, which is being coordinated by Notts Police’s School Liaison Officers, in conjunction with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

Inspector Ian Lomas said: “A single burglary is the type of crime which can directly affect an entire family. This competition will no doubt involve young people who have been victim to house burglary.”

“As well as working with them on ways to better protect theirs and their family’s property we are also hoping to engage them in crime-fighting through raising their own and their family’s awareness and vigilance.”

He added: “We want these Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils to share their innovative and creative ideas with us so we can then share them with the community.”

“It will be really exciting to see if these young minds come up with some good ideas that we haven’t thought of.”

The A3 poster, which can be computer-generated or hand-crafted, should highlight potential insecurities at home, the use of security marking and logging property, and the importance of reporting suspicious incidents and behaviour to police immediately.

The competition, which will run until 28th June, will be judged by Superintendent Mike Manley and Notts Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

The designers of the two best posters, one chosen from West and East Bassetlaw, and one from Newark and Sherwood, will not only receive a £30 voucher Argos, they will also have the privilege of seeing their artwork being used by police in their community in their fight against burglary. Runners up will win £15 in Argos vouchers.

The winners, along with the runners-up, and their parents will also be invited to a commendation ceremony in September to receive certificates for their efforts.

Insp Lomas said: “Insecurities offer opportunities to burglars. When you are out in your garden enjoying a barbeque in the warm weather or nipping out to the shop, think about your house. Have you left any windows open? Are all the doors locked?”

“Don’t give thieves the opportunity. Lock up, security mark your property, record serial numbers and register your belongings on a site such as www.immobilise.com”

Report any suspicious activity around yours or your neighbours’ homes or gardens to Notts Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.