Safety Partnership Relaunches Community Campaign For Vulnerable People

A campaign which aims to help residents recognise risks in the community and help protect vulnerable people who might not be able to look out for themselves has relaunched this week.

The East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership has relaunched a campaign to help keep vulnerable people safe in the district as well as educate residents on reporting suspicious behaviour.

The Community Eyes and Ears campaign, which relaunched at Ely Cathedral on 13th September, will provide a wealth of resources to help residents recognise risks in the community and help protect vulnerable people who might not be able to look out for themselves.

The scheme allows residents to report anything they are concerned about with all information being treated confidentially.

ECDC plays an active role in the East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership alongside other organisations including the Police, County Council, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service, NHS and the National Probation Trust.

Shona McKenzie, Neighbourhood Support Officer for East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is becoming increasingly important to ensure the safety and welfare of our residents.

“We hope that from launching this campaign, we will be able to protect vulnerable people and provide residents with all the information they need to report any incidents they feel concerned about.”

The day included an introduction from Deputy Lieutenant, Ms. Lily Bacon, who supported the event.

Ms. Lily Bacon DL said: “Campaigns like the Community Eyes and Ears are essential for keeping our district a safe and secure place in which to live and work.

“I am sure that most of us will know at least one vulnerable person and it is hoped that this initiative will help ease the concerns of residents if they are worried about anyone in our community.”

Some of the signs to look out for when talking to neighbours includes insecure doors or windows, suspicious investments, regular door-to-door sales people calling and spam phone calls.

The Community Safety Partnership also launched Fraud and Cyber security on 13th September, which will help residents recognise the signs of cyber crime and internet fraud.

If you’d like more information on the Community Eyes and Ears campaign, visit our website: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/crime/vulnerable-people-community-eyes-and-ears-scheme

Photo credit: Mike Rouse

Press release from ECDC

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