Community warned about cold callers

Lisburn PCSP Chairman Councillor Brian Bloomfield and Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators at a recent event in Lagan Valley Island.
Lisburn PCSP Chairman Councillor Brian Bloomfield and Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators at a recent event in Lagan Valley Island.

Lisburn Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Trading Standards and the local police recently held an information evening for Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators at Lagan Valley Island, where scheme members were updated on the dangers associated with cold calling.

The co-ordinators were briefed on current methods employed by cold callers targeting both the elderly and vulnerable in telephone and doorstep incidents.

The Co-ordinators also participated in a simulated policing exercise involving community policing issues, which provided them with a better understanding of policing. These initiatives will support and provide reassurances to Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Co-ordinators and members in the Lisburn area.

Speaking at the information evening, the Chairman of Lisburn PCSP, Councillor Brian Bloomfield said: “I am delighted to be hosting this evening where Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators can sit down with PCSP Members and their local neighbourhood police officers and discuss the concerns of communities. Furthermore, the valuable information provided to the Co-ordinators on cold calling will provide them with the necessary knowledge to keep their communities safe.

“By working together and looking out for one another, local people can effectively reduce their chances of becoming victims of crime. Lisburn PCSP Members look forward to working with Scheme Co-ordinators and engaging with them at further events like this.”

Commenting on the evening, Lisburn Area Commander, Chief Inspector John Wilson, said: “Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. It is about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers of age, race and class to create real communities that benefit everyone.

“Neighbourhood Watch groups succeed by taking a clear look at the needs in their areas and responding with intelligent, targeted and often innovative solutions.

“Making your neighbourhood safer is partly about increasing security, but it is also about reducing the incentive to commit crime. Neighbourhood Watch groups work on both aspects.

“They initiate security measures and also work to make their neighbourhoods pleasant and friendly places where crime is less likely to happen.”