Bedfordshire Police have introduced a scheme to help protect elderly, disabled or vulnerable people living in the community against unwanted or unexpected callers. The scheme is known as “Nominated Neighbours“ and anyone can join the scheme to help people living near them.
The scheme encourages elderly or vulnerable people not to open the door or talk to unfamiliar callers, but to keep the chain on and show them a bright yellow card. The card instructs the caller to go to a Nominated Neighbour, who will then check the identity of the caller and return with them and supervise the visit.
This initiative is just one of many crime prevention initiatives police are spearheading as part of Operation Vision to drive down burglary.
Anyone who would like to become a Nominated Neighbour can contact their local Crime Reduction Officer on 01582 471212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stopping Rogue Traders with “Good Neighbours”
The 'Good Neighbours stop Rogue Traders' campaign focuses on preventing doorstep crime by encouraging neighbours, family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities. This is, effectively, an extension of the Good Neighbour scheme and is, of course, another way Neighbourhood Watch can assist the vulnerable in our communities.
For more information on the stopping rogue traders, please click here.