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Evaluation Report for Beckside Road, Ulverston

Posted by StreetSafe on January 4, 2012

The Ulverston and Lakes Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out the
operation to offer reassurance to nearby residents of an address where a
drugs warrant was executed. We visited 26 properties on the day.
The main focus of this operation was to liaise with residents and get
feedback regarding any issues they had in the area re ASB, drugs, graffiti,
litter and dog fouling and gauge the level and concerns in relation to
drug use/supply on the Street.
To view the full report, please click here EvaluationReportBeckside2011 (2)

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Barrow & District Disability Association Christmas Grotto

Posted by StreetSafe on December 7, 2011

Barrow & District Disability Association Christmas Grotto

Please see attached details about the Christmas Grotto Grotto Advert for Press 2011

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Walney Beach clean 2012

Posted by StreetSafe on December 5, 2011

Jan 2nd 2012 (Bank hol Monday) – 10am – 12pm North Walney Beach Clean (Meeting at the West Shore/ Earnse Bay car park)

A chance to blow away the cobwebs! Come and join us for a new year’s walk along North Walney’s blustery beach and help us to clean up the flotsam and jetsam that has collected over the winter months. The pace will be easy-going and all equipment is provided.

In the event of bad weather this event may be cancelled.

For more information contact Gemma Blackburn – 07786482884.

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Evaluation – Helm Close, Bowness-on-Windermere

Posted by StreetSafe on November 21, 2011

Please find details below of the result of the StreetSafe Operation
conducted on Helm Close, Bowness-on-Windermere on Tuesday 18th October
2011.
Agencies involved included Police, Fire and Rescue, Cumbria County
Council’s Community Involvement and Trading Standards Officers, SLDC’s
Streetclean and Environmental Protection Teams, South Lakes Housing,
District and Town Councillors, Windermere Food Group and the United
Reformed Church. We visited 56 properties during the event.
The main focus of this operation was to gauge the level and concerns in
relation to Anti-Social Behaviour including residents drinking in public
areas, drug use/supply, criminal damage to South Lakes Housing property
and unruly dogs.

Please click here to view the full report EvaluationReportHelmClose 2011

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Police and Fire Service to host joint web chat in Barrow

Posted by StreetSafe on November 15, 2011

Barrow police are joining forces with the Fire and Rescue Service to host an online meeting this week to provide local residents with the chance to ‘chat’ with some of the area’s top emergency service personnel from the comfort of their own homes.
By logging onto http://www.cumbria.police.uk/barrowmeeting on Wednesday 16th November between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, residents will be given a chance to speak to members of their emergency services and ask them questions, by taking part in an online meeting.
At the same time as raising questions to local Inspector David Bosson about issues in their local area or sharing any concerns they may have, Roger Exley, Deputy Locality Manager for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service will also be in the hot seat and able to answer questions about fire safety.
Another guest taking part in the web chat is Sergeant John McIntosh who is a member of the Neighbourhood Police team and has responsibility for Dalton and the rural communities.
Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector David Bosson said: “Community meetings are great ways for residents to put forward their views on what police should be doing and how, and online meetings have been a great way to get people together to express their views. This is the first time in Barrow we have been joined by a member of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and I am looking forward to it.”
Roger Exley from Barrow Fire & Rescue said: “We know that the recent web chats have been successful and the community have taken the opportunity to log on and ask the questions they want to in a convenient, simple way – without having to leave their homes or families.
“I’m looking forward to taking part and hope that lots of people join us.”

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Barrow Island Big Local Trust

Posted by StreetSafe on October 24, 2011

News update

Barrow Island has been allocated £1m by the Big Lottery. This update will tell you what we’ve done, where we are now and what we are hoping to do next.

What we’ve done
• We wrote to every household on Barrow Island in May to tell you about the £1m.
• We had a drop in on 9th June to get suggestions from the community.
• We had a Streetsafe where people were asked for their views.
• We have had feedback from Barrow Island young people in primary and secondary schools.

Where are we now?
We have had a series of meetings with Barrow Island residents to review all the suggestions and comments.
From all the comments to date, your community priorities appear to be;
• a community centre for all age groups including activities for young people.
• an outdoor formal and informal sports and play.

What next?
Before we go any further, we need to report back to the Barrow Island community.
You are invited to an open meeting. This will be held at
• Dundalk St Centre, Dundalk Street
• Thursday 3rd November, 6.30pm
• Tea and coffee will be available from 6pm if you want an informal chat before the meeting
At the meeting, we will present a summary of what we have done and what you said.
We want you to:
• Confirm your priorities.
• Agree a Steering Group to take matters forward.
For further details please click here CVS Big Lottery Fund Letter_Bulletin_1

To keep up to date, ‘like us’ at http://www.facebook.com/barrowislandbiglocaltrust

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Identity Fraud

Posted by StreetSafe on October 19, 2011

Identity fraud continues to rise with 4 million victims in UK alone – Yet consumers continue to be complacent with their identities

Cumbria Constabulary joins partners of National Identity Fraud Prevention Week to issue a stark warning to public: individuals could be risking up to £9,000 as a result of ID fraud

National Identity Fraud Prevention Week (NIDFPW) started this week to alert consumers and businesses to the threat of identity fraud at home and at work. For the seventh year running, NIDFPW brings together partners from both the private and public sector, providing a broad range of expertise and resources to help consumers and businesses protect themselves against identity fraud.

According to research commissioned by Fellowes exclusively for the campaign, although 95% of the UK population are now aware of the threat and risks of identity fraud, the number of victims is still rising as people continue to be careless with their identities. 7% of the UK population have been victims of identity fraud, equating to over 4 million people. The average cost of these incidents to each victim is £1,190, but some individuals have lost up to £9,000.

Statistics from CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, reported that the number of identity fraud cases declared to the authorities in the UK continue to rise, with over 80,000 reported in the UK so far this year.

When it comes to identity fraud, prevention is always key. Some easy ways for individuals to protect themselves include:

• Always checking for unfamiliar transactions on bank statements
• Shredding all documents containing sensitive information using a cross cut shredder before throwing them away
• Looking into mail that goes missing
• Carrying out regular personal credit report checks
• Redirecting post for at least six months when moving house
• Limiting the amount of information shared when using social networking sites

Cumbria Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said: “It is important that people in Cumbria understand the risks that identity fraud presents and the simple steps that can be taken to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

“Like many crimes, people think that it just ‘won’t happen to them’ but it is important that people are vigilant with their bank accounts and double check things that don’t seem right so that if it does happen, it can be spotted quickly. These sort of thieves hide behind their computer screens and can steal somebody’s life savings without ever coming into contact with them so they need to be traced and stopped.

“Thankfully, identity fraud is not a major problem in Cumbria although we know that a lot of frauds go unreported so are unknown to police or Action Fraud.

“Our teams of financial investigators have joined forces with Action Fraud who provide a dedicated service to detecting and preventing fraud in Cumbria and the UK.”

Jamey Johnson, head of Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting and advice centre, said: “Stealing an identity is just the beginning for a fraudster. With few details, accounts can be taken over, loans can be applied for and purchases can be made, all without the consent or knowledge of the individual, potentially costing the victim substantial sums of money. Last month alone (September) Action Fraud saw over £245,000 worth of loss due to identity theft. The worrying part is that this figure was generated from a limited amount of reports, suggesting the amount lost to ID theft would be much higher if more people were reporting.

“It is important to report a loss to Action Fraud, but it is more important to protect yourself from it happening in the first place. Limiting access to your personal information is the key to safety from ID fraud. Remember, personal details are as valuable as cash to a fraudster.”

For more tips and advice on how to prevent identity fraud, visit the campaign’s website, http://www.stop-idfraud.co.uk The website contains a downloadable advice pack for consumers as well as a business guide.

This year’s campaign is supported by the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, Fellowes, Norton, the National Fraud Authority, IFCAG, Equifax, CIFAS – The UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, Scottish Business Crime Centre, e-Crime Scotland, the Home Office and the Royal Mail.

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FREE October Half Term Activities for 8-13 year olds

Posted by StreetSafe on October 13, 2011

October Holiday Sports Activties Leaflet 2011Barrow Borough Sports Council supports sport and physical activity in the
Barrow Borough. We are made up of the Borough and County Council, local
schools, sports clubs, the Police and other agencies.
Dan Myles is the Youth Sports Worker with the
Barrow Borough Council. His role is to engage with
the youth of the Barrow Borough, work with youth
groups and organise our free Holiday Sports
Programme.
The holiday programme is a great opportunity for parents to introduce their
children to sport and encourage them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
The variety of sports on offer is extensive and Barrow Sports Council would
encourage youngsters to come along and try as many different sports as
possible.
To view all the activities and more details, please click here October Holiday Sports Activties Leaflet 2011

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Evaluation – Settle Street, Barrowin-Furness

Posted by StreetSafe on October 10, 2011

6 teams visited 60 homes in the Settle Street / Ainslie Street area of Barrow-in-Furness. The team was briefed utilising local intelligence and by using the MOSAIC data which gave us a detailed snap shot of the community.
The main focus on this operation was to consult with residents about the Anti-social behaviour in the area and to establish what concerned them the most about living in their neighbourhood. We also used it to promote Neighbourhood Watch, active citizens and LOCK IT or LOSE IT campaign. This operation was requested by the Neighbourhood Police team for the area.
During the evening we spoke to 21 people who completed the community questionnaire.
To view the full report, please click here settle street 11

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Evaluation – Dudley Street, Barrow-in-Furness

Posted by StreetSafe on October 3, 2011

5 teams visited 60 homes in the Dudley Street area of Barrow-in-Furness. The team was briefed utilising local intelligence and by using the MOSAIC data which gave us a detailed snap shot of the community.
The main focus on this operation was to consult with residents about the Anti-social behaviour in the area and to establish what concerned them the most about living in their neighbourhood. We also used it to promote Neighbourhood Watch, active citizens and LOCK IT or LOSE IT campaign.
During the evening we spoke to 16 people who completed the community questionnaire.
We provided occupants with over 750 pieces of literature.
From the questionnaire we can evaluate over 400 pieces of information.
50% of the residents had heard of Streetsafe prior to this event.
44% knew their Neighbourhood Police team.
We talked to and listened to residents for over 16 hours in total.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue will install four smoke detectors into homes that did not have any.
To view the full report, please click here Dudley Street 11

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Love Barrow Community Awards 2012

Posted by StreetSafe on October 3, 2011

If you would like to nominate someone, please click on the red link –Love Barrow Awards nomination form 2012

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Evaluation – Brown Street, Barrow-in-Furness

Posted by StreetSafe on September 30, 2011

The main focus on this operation was to consult with residents about the Anti-social behaviour in the area and to establish what concerned them the most about living in their neighbourhood. We also used it to promote Neighbourhood Watch, active citizens and LOCK IT or LOSE IT campaign.
During the evening we spoke to 33 people who completed the community questionnaire.
We provided occupants with over 1,500 pieces of literature.
From the questionnaire we can evaluate over 900 pieces of information.
52% of the residents had heard of Streetsafe prior to this event.
42% knew their Neighbourhood Police team.
We talked to and listened to residents for over 16 hours in total.
Two smoke detectors were installed by Cumbria Fire and Rescue into homes that did not have any.
Twelve Streetsafe tasks have been issued to various agencies to resolve the problems identified by the community.
To view the full report, please click here Brown Street 11

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‘PROJECTOR-IN-FURNESS’

Posted by StreetSafe on September 30, 2011

A FREE film education programme for local students
Signal Films is partnering with Manchester’s Cornerhouse to bring a sample of their successful ‘Projector’ film education programme to Barrow. ‘Projector-in-Furness’ uses world cinema to introduce the latest concepts in visual art and film to students and young people, whilst also supporting teachers and youth leaders in bringing creativity and innovation to their sessions.

Each screening will be led by visiting specialists such as Roy Stafford, author of the popular classroom resource ‘The Media Student’s Book,’ and will include activities with specific links to the education syllabus, concentrating on key concepts whilst providing participants with a broad range of films to encourage personal study.

Workshops complimenting the screenings will explore themes including production and distribution, genre theory and storytelling techniques.

The programme features film across a range of genres, budgets and age ranges, from low budget British film and Independent American teen comedy, to Swedish horror and Japanese animation – this programme offers something for any film enthusiast!

This free programme begins on 5th October with ‘Shifty,’ a 2008 British film made under the acclaimed ‘Microwave’ low budget production scheme.

Films will be screened on a high-definition system with surround sound at the new Cookes Studios creative centre on Abbey Road.
For more information or to book, contact May on 01229 838592 or may@signalfilms.co.uk. The full programme can be downloaded at http://www.signalfilms.co.uk.

We hope to secure funding to roll this out as a wider scheme during 2012 so please come and support this unique opportunity.

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Turn the tide on trash this weekend!

Posted by StreetSafe on September 14, 2011

This weekend Natural England is hitting the beach to clean up the flotsam and jetsam washed up by the sea at North Walney; and, they would like you to come and join them! Throughout the country local communities will be taking to their beaches as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Beachwatch Big Weekend!’ which sees thousands of volunteers heading out to care for their coastal environment. It is the most influential fight against marine litter in the UK, and you can be part of it!
The beach clean will take place at North Walney, with volunteers meeting at the Earnse Bay car park at 10am on Saturday 17th September. You don’t need any special skills or experience, and all equipment will be provided. The beach clean will run until 12pm, however, volunteers need only stay as long as they like. There is no need to pre-book your place, simply come along with a smile of your face! Supportive footwear and warm, waterproof clothes are recommended.
Gemma Blackburn, Community Outreach Adviser for North Walney National Nature Reserve said, ‘The stormy weather, earlier this week, is certain to have washed up lots of sea-borne litter, making this an ideal time to get out on the beach and have a good clean up! The volunteers who come along to our beach cleans make a huge difference – leaving our beaches and seas cleaner and safer for animals and ourselves. We urge anyone with some spare time this weekend to come out and join us. We will be taking things at a leisurely pace, and volunteers can help for as long as they like – you would be amazed at how much you can collect in just 30 minutes!’
Unfortunately, litter is a big problem for wild animals – especially those living in our seas. Sea birds, whales, dolphins and turtles are just some of the amazing animals harmed by sea borne litter off our coasts. These animals often accidentally swallow plastic floating in the sea, filling their stomachs with something that they just cannot digest. The plastic then simply sits in their stomach, preventing them from filling it with the nutritious food they need to survive. Sometimes these animals can then simply starve to death.
As a coastal town, Barrow is well placed to make a difference to the growing litter problem in our seas. We hope that local people will feel motivated to take action against the garbage monster!
For details please click attached poster BEACHCLEAN2

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Newbarns Road, Barrow-in-Furness – evaluation report

Posted by StreetSafe on September 12, 2011

5 teams visited 60 homes in Newbarns Road, Barrow-in-Furness. The team was briefed utilising local intelligence and by using the MOSAIC data which gave us a detailed snap shot of the community.
The main focus on this operation was to consult with residents about the Anti-social behaviour in the local park and to establish what concerned them the most about living in their neighbourhood. We also used it to promote Neighbourhood Watch, active citizens and LOCK IT or LOSE IT campaign.
During the evening we spoke to 17 people who completed the community questionnaire.
We provided occupants with over 400 pieces of literature.
From the questionnaire we can evaluate over 300 pieces of information.
88% of the residents had heard of Streetsafe prior to this event.
35% knew their Neighbourhood Police team.
We talked to and listened to residents for over 12 hours in total.
Smoke detectors will be installed by Cumbria Fire and Rescue into homes that did not have any.
To view the full report, please click here Newbarns Rd 11

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Askam-in-Furness evaluation report

Posted by StreetSafe on September 12, 2011

9 teams visited 100 homes in Askam. The team was briefed utilising local intelligence and by using the MOSAIC data which gave us a detailed snap shot of the community.
The main focus on this operation was to consult with residents about the County Council Community Action plan and to establish what concerned them the most about living in their neighbourhood. We also used it to promote Neighbourhood Watch, active citizens and LOCK IT or LOSE IT campaign.
During the evening we spoke to 33 people who completed the community questionnaire.
We provided occupants with over 1,200 pieces of literature.
From the questionnaire we can evaluate over 1,100 pieces of information.
40% of the residents had heard of Streetsafe prior to this event.
35% knew their Neighbourhood Police team.
We talked to and listened to residents for over 20 hours in total.
Smoke detectors were installed by Cumbria Fire and Rescue into homes that did not have any.
Twelve Streetsafe tasks have been issued to various agencies to resolve the problems identified by the community.
To view the full report, please click here Askam 11

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Streetsafe – Hallgarth Kendal

Posted by StreetSafe on September 1, 2011

Agencies involved included Police, Cumbria County Council’s Area
Engagement Officer and Trading Standards Officers, Fire and Rescue, SLDC’s
Streetclean and Environmental Protection Teams, Home Group, local
District Councillor Rob Boden and a University of Cumbria Student studying
Policing.
The main focus of this operation was to gauge the level and concerns in
relation to Anti-social behaviour,drug use, criminal damage and underage
drinking on Acre Moss Lane, Overdale Close and Newbiggin, Kendal
To view the report, please click here Eval Report for Hallgarth 2011

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North Walney coastal clean up

Posted by StreetSafe on August 19, 2011

Make a difference on your local National Nature Reserve on 30th August, as staff and volunteers make North Walney safer and cleaner for people and wildlife.

On Tuesday, 30th August, staff and volunteers at North Walney National Nature Reserve (NNR) would like your help to clear the Reserve of summer’s litter buildup, which pollutes this natural area and can harm wildlife. Following the bank holiday, Natural England, Streetsafe and Morecambe Bay Partnership are clearing the Reserve to make it a safe and beautiful place once again for human and wild visitors alike.

The clean-up will begin at 09:00 and last until 12:30 and participants will meet at the West Shore car park.

Gemma Blackburn, Natural England’s Outreach Adviser for North Walney NNR, said: “We’d like everybody’s help to get the Reserve tidy and safe for autumn. This is particularly important for all of the wildlife which continues to live on the reserve throughout the winter; even after all of the summer visitors have left.”

PC John Irving, who organises the Streetsafe Operations, said ” We live in a fantastic area, and we want to keep it that way. We are excited about extending our partnership work by joining forces with Morecambe Bay Partnership and Natural England. It is important that we keep our local nature reserves safe and clean to encourage human and wild visitors. We really want to see a great turn out of community volunteers to help during the morning.

If you would like to take part, please wear suitable outdoor clothing and supportive footwear. We also recommend that you bring refreshments. All equipment will be provided at the event and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that this event will include a 2 mile walk.

For further information, visit Natural England’s reserve events finder, or contact Gemma Blackburn on 07786 482884

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Evaluation Report for SEDBERGH

Posted by StreetSafe on August 15, 2011

Please find details below of the result of the StreetSafe Operation
conducted in Sedbergh on Thursday 23rd June 2011.
Agencies involved included Police, Cumbria County Council’s Trading
Standards Officers, Fire and Rescue, SLDC’s Street clean and Environmental
Protection Teams, South Lakes Housing, a University Student studying
Policing and Local Parish Councillors.
The main focus of this operation was to gauge the level and concerns in
relation to Anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and underage drinking
in and around the Peoples Hall, Sedbergh

To view the full report, please click here Eval Report for SEDBERGH (2)

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FREE Crime prevention events – Barrow

Posted by StreetSafe on August 15, 2011

Barrow community urged to take advantage of crime prevention event
Police in Barrow are teaming up with the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and local businesses to launch an initiative to prevent thefts in the area.
In a bid to stop thefts from gardens, sheds and outhouses and to make bikes less attractive to thieves, local officers and staff from the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership will be hosting a ‘crime prevention day’ on Tuesday 16 August.
On Tuesday 16th August 2011 between 11.30am and 1.30pm, officers in the Neighbourhood Management Office in Dalton Road will mark cycles free of charge. A member of the ‘Topmark Cycle’ outlet will also be in there to offer visitors specific information on cycle security.
During the same period, separate teams of officers will be at Homebase and Tesco on Cornerhouse Park to offer crime prevention advice and UV marking on electrical items and power tools.
Sergeant Caroline Milligan from Barrow is leading the initiative. She said: “I hope that as many people as possible take the chance to meet one of our teams on Tuesday and help us as we work to prevent and detect thefts in the area.
“We have arranged this crime prevention day because, as I’m sure people will realise, it can be easy to become relaxed and less vigilant about security in warmer weather as doors and windows are left open. Unfortunately, thieves know this too and I can’t stress enough how important it is to remain security conscious.
“Free cycle marking should appeal to all owners as it makes bikes less attractive to thieves and makes them far easier for us to trace if they are stolen or lost. It is an incredibly valuable service but please keep in mind that it does not stop criminals stealing bikes – so being vigilant and securing your property is essential.”
In addition to cycle marking, officers will be handing out crime prevention advice and offering UV marking on valuable items.
Sgt Milligan continued: “To avoid becoming a victim of theft, invest in a quality lock and secure your garage or shed properly. Always lock your bicycle, even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes. Lock your bike to an immovable object – a bike rack or ground anchor and secure removable parts and lock both wheels and the frame together to make a thief’s life harder.”

For further crime prevention advice and information contact the South Cumbria Community Safety Unit on 0845 33 00 247, or visit the Constabulary website at http://www.cumbria.police.uk.

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