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Police and Fire Service Run Safety Workshops for Job Centre Staff
Friday 25th September, 2009

Police and Fire Service Run Safety Workshops for Job Centre Staff
Crime Reduction Advisors Wendy O’Neil and Lisa Mogan and Community Fire Safety Officer John Burns (all back row in centre) with employees at Job Centre Plus.

Job Centre staff will be able to give clients expert advice on how to keep their homes safe and sound thanks to a joint police and fire service scheme.

Crime Reduction Advisors Wendy O’Neil and Lisa Mogan from GMP’s Wigan Division joined forces with Community Fire Safety Officer John Burns to run workshops for employees at the Job Centre Plus in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

The sessions will enable staff there to pass on home security and fire safety advice to visitors to the centre, and form part of Operation Storm, Greater Manchester Police’s crackdown on burglary.

Wendy O’Neil said: “This is a great example of how agencies concerned with people’s safety and well-being can work together to boost the security of residents’ homes and help improve their personal safety so they can better avoid falling victim to crime.”

PCSO Jean Smith of the Ashton Neighbourhood Policing Team also attended the centre during the day to distribute crime prevention advice to clients alongside community volunteer Jake Gilman.

With the onset of darker nights, police are issuing the following advice to residents on how to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:

  • Do not leave doors and windows open or unlocked.

  • Install an alarm and make sure it’s activated when you leave your home empty and before you go to bed at night.

  • Make sure your home looks occupied when you leave it empty: leave a light on and set timer switches to turn lamps and radios on and off.

  • Install sensor lights that switch on automatically when movement is detected around your property.

  • Do not leave a spare key concealed anywhere near the front door – burglars know all the hiding places.

  • Keep all keys hidden out of sight and well away from external doors and ground floor windows.

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