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Safe As Houses scheme aids the elderly

TURNING Tides and Southend Association of Voluntary Services have launched a new crime reduction initiative Safe as Houses which provides crime prevention information and advice to the elderly and vulnerable residents living in Southend.


This  initiative is delivered through Turning Tides; a project managed by Southend Association of Voluntary Services and has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.


The main aims of “Safe as Houses” is to ensure quality/accurate information about crime prevention is presented to residents that are hard to reach and identify issues requiring further support and refer directly to partner agencies if specific services are needed.


It will promote safety and security in the communities, particularly in high risk areas for dwelling burglary and bogus calling whilst raising awareness and engagement with other services i.e. Neighbourhood Watch, Message in a bottle, etc.


The home visits are delivered by a team of 12 specially trained volunteers, trained by Mick Holland Southend Neighbourhood Watch Administrator and supported by Turning Tides Team Leaders. Home visits will take the form of a friendly informal chat with volunteers providing advice on how to stay safe and secure covering issues like local scams, bogus callers and mobility scooter theft.


To arrange a visit from the team or to join as a volunteer please call the Turning Tides Team on 01702 220101 or alternatively email turningtides@savs-southend.co.uk


Alison Semmence, SAVS Chief Executive said: “We have a team of skilled and dedicated volunteers who will carry out the visits.   All appointments are pre-booked; all volunteers wear a special uniform and carry ID badges to ensure the safety of their customers.”


Anthony Quinn, Turning Tides Manager said: “We are trying to achieve safer neighbourhoods and greater support and awareness of crime within the elderly and more vulnerable households of Southend.  The “Safe as Houses” project aims to empower Southend residents to become more confident, informed and resilient to deal with crime and security issues."


Mick Holland, Southend Neighbourhood Watch Administrator said: "Southend Neighbourhood Watch is fully supportive of the Safe as Houses project and we look forward to working in association with the volunteers. We see this new project as being another initiative designed to make Southend Borough an even safer place to live and work."


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