Protecting the vulnerable in Gateshead

14 Jan 2016 15:52 PM

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Officers from Gateshead are working with partners to identify and protect elderly and disabled people living in the area.

By working with partners from a number of local agenices the aim is to prevent the most vulnerable in our communities being targeted by criminals and becoming the victim of crime.

Working with Gateshead Council communtiy safety team, Trading Standards, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the Gateshead Housing company visits are being carried out to communities where those people most at risk live and face to face crime prevention and support is being given.

The initiative, called 'Sentinel', has been running since June 2015 and since it's launch over 400 homes in Gateshead have been visited and the occupants given support by police and partners.

Hundreds of risk assessments of properties have been carried out and crime prevention advice given to residents, and where appropriate security lighting and door chains have been fitted in homes.

As well as crime prevention and safety advice, the partner agencies have been able to pass on information and support in a number of other different areas.

The initiative is set to continue into 2016 and police are keen to spread the word. They are urging anyone who thinks they would benefit from help and support from officers to get in touch and a visit can be arranged.

Gateshead Sergeant Tim McIntyre, who oversees the Sentinel inititative, said: "Sentinel is about working with our partners and looking after those who need our help the most.

"It's about identifying those who are the most vulnerable in our communities and those who, unfortunately, criminals target because they see them as easy prey.

"The service is vital to protecting the vulnerable and I'd urge anyone living in Gateshead who needs help, advice or support to get in touch and let us know. We can provide both face to face advice in a residents own home or advice at community meetings or coffee mornings, what ever works best for the individual.

"I'd also ask that anyone who comes into contact with elderly or disabled people and who has any concerns about their vulnerability to speak to us and use this service.

"It's free and easily arranged and we can carry out visits and help minimise the risk of them being the victim of crime, your call could make all of the differnece in protecting someone."

For information on Sentinel or to arrange a visit from officers ringĀ  101 and ask for Gateshead Neighbourhood Teams.