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Police and fire service join forces for Greenstead operation
11:13am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A POLICE operation was launched in Greenstead to combat crime and keep people safe before they become victims.
Crime prevention experts from Essex Police and fire safety officers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service toured the estate to help yesterday.
Colchester’s crime reduction officer Stephen Armson-Smith said: “We have been very pleased with the response and people have been very complimentary.
“This is the first of these we have done together and next will be Chelmsford.
“We hope the advice is welcomed and we just want to help reduce crime and increase safety.”
Free smoke alarms, fire checks, security checks and advice on starting Neighbourhood Watch groups were made available.
Greenstead often sees a spike in burglaries in October as the nights draw in and after students move into the area.
And one street in particular has suffered several offences.
In May the Gazette reported more than a dozen burglaries had been committed in Spruce Avenue and many more have taken place since.
As a result residents were delighted to get any help they could.
Christine Fincham has not been burgled but her neighbours have.
She said: “I think this is a very good idea.
“There have been so many burglaries here and people are worried so it is great to get help.”
Brian Warner, 75, was burgled while on holiday last month and has since had an alarm installed.
He said: “I know of seven houses hit in the last three months including us in August.
“The police were fantastic and the guys coming around now are great.
“To be honest we expected it because it has happened to everyone else so was our turn.
“It is horrible to know someone has been in our home but the police are trying to do something about it.”
David Scott is a volunteer with the fire service.
He said: “I am surprised how many people do not have smoke alarms but lots of people are keen to get one for free from us.”
Community safety liasion Carl Pullen added: “It is good to do a joint operation with police which is a new approach but we do fire safety checks all the time.”
Anyone who wants crime prevention advice call 101 and ask for Mr Armson-Smith.
Call 0845 601 2495 for a fire alarm and safety check.
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