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Schools draw on festive crime prevention advice for poster

17 Nov 2016 12:07 PM

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Schools in Cramlington are drawing on festive crime prevention advice from neighbourhood officers for inspiration for a police poster competition.

Police are asking youngsters to help give crime prevention messages to their families and the whole community by taking part in a poster design competition in the run up to Christmas.

Officers from Cramlington Neighbourhood Policing Team are inviting youngsters aged 13-14 from three local schools, Cramlington Learning Village, Astley High and Seaton Sluice Middle Schools to pick up their paints and come up with winning designs.

Neighbourhood PC Neil Nevens said: "We're asking the youngsters to think about how people can help to prevent crime over the Christmas period and beyond. To think about what steps they can take to prevent burglars getting into homes and stealing presents or other property.

"They can also include advice about keeping purses / wallets and mobile phones safe when going shopping and making sure your car is left parked secure with Christmas shopping put away safely in the boot out of sight.

"This competition helps officers to pass on important crime prevention advice, while at the same time giving pupils a fun activity to get involved in.

"The aim is for the pupils to discuss this with their families which would in turn encourage those families to think about simple security methods to make their homes and property safer, especially during the festive season

"It also helps us to strengthen our already great links with local schools."

Police have been given support from Manor Walks Shopping Centre who have agreed to display the winning design in the centre for the community to see. Local businesses are also lending their support offering prizes for the youngsters, they include Asda, Sainsburys, Wilkinsons, CO-OP, Halfords and the Vue cinema.

Pupils have until December 7 to complete their designs, the winning entry judged by officers and Paralympian Stephen Miller, will then be made into a poster.

Pictured Cramlington Neighbourhood Policing Team