Event to help keep shops safe in Penzance

November 18th, 2019 by

A special training event held by Safer Penzance for businesses took place in St John’s Hall last week. The event, organised by the Safer Penzance partnership and delivered by Devon and Cornwall Police’s Crime Prevention Officer, Andy Bulley, gave local shops the opportunity to come and find out more about the measures they can take to protect their business from shoplifting.

The Town’s ASB Caseworker, Dorian Thomas also gave a presentation on how he works closely with the police to placesanctions on those who shoplift in the Town.

Recorded crime overall in Penzance over the past year has reduced by 13%, with the greatest reductions seen in theft offences such as shoplifting, criminal damage and violence as shown in the latest figures from the Safer Cornwall partnership. Shoplifting figures for September show that Penzance has had a 36% (81 offences) reduction when compared with the previous year.

Initially, following local agencies’ work to increase awareness of the importance of reporting, reported levels of anti-social behaviour in the town increased. All of the additional work and resources put in to tackle the problem is now starting to show an improvement, with the latest figures showing a reduction of 18%, particularly in anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking.

The Safer Penzance partnership is made up of Cornwall

ASB Caseworker, Dorian Thomas explains how he uses evidence to sanction shoplifters

Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, National Probation Service, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company, Penzance BID, Penzance Town Council, Addaction, St Petrocs, Cornwall Housing, Growing Links, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and NHS Kernow.

Shoplifting remains a priority for the Town. Other priorities identified for Safer Penzance include anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug use, domestic abuse, community engagement and provisions for young people. To view the latest delivery plan please visit safercornwall.co.uk/safer-towns/penzance/

To find out more about shoplifting visit: devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-business/shoplifting-robbery/

To report shoplifting please call the police non-emergency number on 101 or report online at devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/contact-forms/report-something/

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Safer Falmouth Supports Community Awareness Days with Falmouth and Exeter Universities

October 10th, 2019 by

Safer Falmouth Partners and Student Community Wardens from both Falmouth & Exeter Universities have been out in the community this week to raise awareness amongst local residents and students of support available in the Town.

Run by Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (The Students’ Union) and funded by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, the Community Wardens scheme promotes neighbourly behaviour and supports good community relations.

This collaborative approach helps students be active citizens within the community, encouraging positive relationships between long-term and student residents, as well as assisting the Town Council and other partners to improve the local environment and behaviour in residential areas.

The 2018 pilot saw student wardens patrol some of the most heavily populated student residential areas of Falmouth, with a particular focus on the Smithick Ward. It was a real success; students met with residents, listened to concerns, logged complaints, shared advice, and initiated campaigns. They also took part in community events and activities, including litter picking, fundraising activities, and supporting the local food bank.

The scheme is extending in 2019 to include some areas of Penryn and Mabe, with ten students in post.

Gwen Scolding, The Students’ Union Community Engagement Coordinator: “This is an exciting time for the Community Warden scheme. We’re looking forward to building on last year’s success by increasing our initiatives, reaching more areas, and by promoting a friendly and cohesive community for all that live, work and study in the locality.”

Residents can meet the 2019/20 Student Community Wardens, along with University representatives and partners from Safer Cornwall including the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Town Council and Cornwall Council, when they begin their patrols on the upcoming Community Awareness Days on;

Wednesday 2 October, Thursday 3 October, and Wednesday 9 October in Falmouth and Thursday 10 October in Penryn.

To contact the Warden Scheme, email communitywardens@thesu.org.uk and to find out more visit thesu.org.uk/community

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