From West Mercia Police:

Crime prevention and safety advice for the darker nights will be the focus of an event at St Chad’s Church in New Road, Rubery, on Thursday (13 October) morning.

The Local Policing Team will be there between 11am and 1pm to give a range of advice including information on property marking.

With the nights drawing in there will be an emphasis on the force’s Lighten Up! campaign which encourages people to reduce the chances of their home being burgled by leaving a light on when they are out and taking other simple precautions.

Linking in with this there will also be advice on avoiding distraction burglaries and bogus callers. West Mercia’s Knock Knock campaign is designed to raise the awareness off security measures people should take before letting callers into their home or asking them to do maintenance work.

And with Halloween approaching fast Community Support Officers Ellie Townsend, Dave Anderson and Sarah Wells will be handing out No Trick Or Treat leaflets.

A limited number of personal attack alarms will also be available.

CSO Townsend said: “This is the first time we have set up something like this at the church and if it goes well then we may start holding them more frequently.”

Further crime prevention advice is available via the West Mercia Police website at http://www.westmercia.police.uk/

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