Pulpit safety message
Dated: 19 Jul 2012[View Full Size]
Officers took to the pulpit in a Newcastle church to get across a crime prevention message.
Neighbourhood officers spoke to the congregation of Brunswick Chapel, in Brunswick Place in Newcastle to advise them about staying safe from bogus callers.
This supports the forcewide 'If in doubt, keep them out!' initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the problem of doorstep criminals - people who carry out distraction burglaries, such as bogus officials, high pressure doorstep salesmen and rogue traders.
Officers want to help people stay safe and avoid being taken in by fraudsters and have been visiting community groups to get the message across.
Sergeant Lesley Wheatley, of the Newcastle Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We were pleased to come along to the church and hand out leaflets about the initiative. Members of the congregation were given advice about how they can stay safe in their homes.
"Bogus callers can target the more vulnerable members of our communities, including the elderly, and we hope our campaign will raise awareness of crime prevention, helping people to keep their property safe.
"We're also asking people to keep an eye on their relatives, friends and neighbours, encouraging them to understand the importance of following simple crime prevention tips and looking out for any suspicious callers in their area."
Officers will be handing out advice and doorstep crime prevention leaflets on Friday, July 20, from 10am to 3pm at a stall in the Grainger Market, near the Clayton Street entrance.
Pictured is Community Support Officer Paul Alderson addressing members of the congregation.