Police message is to keep safe

There was a large turnout at November's Grey Power meeting in Stratford last Wednesday with the topic of safety being at the forefront of some discussion.

Members heard from Delwyn Smart from Neighbourhood Watch as well as Senior Constable Jono Erwood. Delwyn encouraged people to join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme saying that as well as receiving a newsletter that keeps members informed of events, members also benefit from the signs put up in their area which deter would-be miscreants.

Delwyn said that the scheme runs community patrols between 10pm and 2am in known trouble spots and monitoring the CCTV cameras.

"We are always looking for new volunteers," she said, asking for anyone interested "of any age" to contact their local neighbourhood watch co-ordinator.

Jono talked to members about their rights when dealing with tradespeople who knock on doors looking for work.

He said he is aware of one particular person currently in the area.

Some members said they had been visited by him and had had him do some work "which had been of a good standard".

Others said that they didn't like having someone doorknock like that, and Jono explained that they can ask someone to leave their property and added the advice to call the police if ever feeling threatened or unsafe.

Jono said, "It is always good to remember that whenever you have any visitors, it is wise to keep your valuables locked away and out of sight."

The discussion moved on to the recent problems people have on reaching the Stratford Police station on the local number which Jono explained was due to the phone system currently having some problems.

He reiterated the advice to "use the 111 system if you ever need to urgently contact the police and always let us know if you have had any problems reaching us so we can report it".

- Stratford Press

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