Seeking More Advice on Crime Prevention
If you are seeking more information and advice regarding home security and crime prevention then there is a variety of organisations willing to help you with your needs.
Your Local Crime Prevention OfficerAlthough every police officer is concerned with crime prevention, each branch has a designated Crime Prevention Officer (CPO) whose role it is provide the public with help and advice in fighting crime in their community.
Your local CPO is available over the telephone or for personal home visit, to offer free, impartial and professional advice regarding home security. As well as advice on alarms and locks, many CPOs will offer to look over your home and recommend ways in which you can improve the security. This can be a popular service and so some branches offer people special information packs to enable them to check their property themselves.
Internet AdviceThe internet is now a major force in helping residents fight crime, and there are a great many websites offering valuable impartial advice. Some recommended sites include www.crimereduction.gov.uk and www.homeoffice.gov.uk and the police site www.securedbydesign.com. In addition to these, each regional police force usually offers their own localised advice on home security.
CrimestoppersFor those people eager to help crack crime in their area, but unwilling to get involved in a police investigation, Crimestoppers provides a vital service.
This independent charity organisation maintains a free telephone number to enable citizens to help prevent and solve crimes that affect them and their local community by making calls anonymously.
The organisation was first set up in the U.S. state of New Mexico in 1976, after a particular murder case revealed that the public were reluctant to give evidence in crime investigations out of both fear and apathy. The fledgling Crimestoppers incited citizen involvement by offering cash rewards and anonymity.
The UK branch of Crimestoppers is major force is solving crimes in this country. At the time of writing, the last year has seen over 5,000 criminals arrested with the aid of information provided by anonymous callers.
Victim SupportIf you are unfortunate to be the victim of a crime, then the volunteer organisation Victim Support is on hand to assist your recovery by offering information and emotional support.
Victims looking for one-to-one advice and talk, can call the Victim Support line in confidence and anonymously. You can end the conversation at any point and do not even need to have reported the crime. Information is also available by letter and email.
Victim Support is not just about consoling but about helping people put their lives back together. It offers practical help and information regarding aspects such as replacing or repairing property, claiming for compensation, putting in an insurance claim and even guiding you through the criminal justice system.
Since its founding in 1974, the charity organisation has been supporting victims of crime, and working to promote and advance the rights of victims and witnesses.