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Thursday, 20 December 2012

The emergency services work together to protect those most at risk from the winter months

 

As winter takes hold and the weather turns wetter and cooler local officers from Cheshire Constabulary are visiting those people in their communities who may be vulnerable from the cold and wet weather.

Cheshire Constabulary is committed to protecting and keeping safe those people for whom the winter months can bring additional challenges for their safety and wellbeing and have launched an initiative in partnership with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and supported by the Met Office, to provide advice, guidance and support to a variety of people identified as being most at risk from the winter weather.

ACC Janette McCormick said:

"As part of the joint initiative, Police officers and Police Community Support officers (PCSOs) have visited those people most at risk of any adverse weather conditions such as flooding or snow and ice.

"Officers have also identified members of our communities who may be vulnerable to being targeted by thieves and criminals because of their home circumstances. Everyone can feel isolated in their community and in bad weather we can often feel alone but there are particular members of our communities that are more vulnerable than most. It is this group of people we want to reach through this initiative to make sure they have the information at hand should they need help during the winter months."

Officers took the opportunity to talk about a variety of topics during the home visits, including how to keep yourself safe at home during the winter months, how to make sure your home is secure and information on simple steps anyone can take to protect their belongings and their homes."

Everyone visited received a community safety pack which included useful information and details of who to contact should they need further support or help as we move deeper into the winter months.

More than 950 people have been visited across Cheshire with 250 safety packs distributed in Halton and Warrington, 280 around the East of the County and 420 safety packs were distributed across the Western area of Cheshire.

Anyone wishing to access this support or any other community safety advice should visit the http://www.cheshire.police.gov.uk/ or email communities@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

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