PS Darren Warr and Volunteer Terry Ashford
There’s a new member of the Bristol east neighbourhood police team in town. Volunteer Terry Ashford will be working with the beat teams around Fishponds, Hillfields, St George, Eastville and Fromevale, to improve the security of people’s homes.
Terry worked for Stone & Co for 33 years as a carpenter, foreman and site manager, working on public buildings including police stations, hospitals and schools. Terry is not new to volunteering and currently also volunteers for the British Heart Foundation. Terry decided to volunteer with the police on this project when his granddaughter, a serving PCSO, suggested it.
Terry will be using his drill to help to fit items like door jammers (an additional latch that attaches to a door to prevent forced access) to homes in areas which are considered to be at risk of being burgled. Terry will work with the PCSOs and beat officers who know the areas very well, to arrange visits to people’s homes and make them more secure, as well as offering crime prevention advice.
The service will also be offered to people who have been recent victims of burglary, as well as to their neighbours. The hope is that by the end of the project, the majority of households in the target locations will have received crime prevention advice and been offered the service of improving their home security.
The money for the project came from a fund awarded to Safer Bristol from the Police and Crime Commissioner. In total Safer Bristol received £25,000 from the PCC, so that different neighbourhood areas could develop their own projects to address the force-wide priority of burglary.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I have no doubt that Terry will be as welcomed by the Bristol east neighbourhood police team as he will by the local community. The support towards policing offered by all volunteers like Terry really makes a difference in ensuring local communities are safe and feel safe.
“The Community Safety Grant fund is there to enable the essential work in tackling the issues that affect local people. Local people have told me that burglary and the fear of burglary is a priority and I hope this project will go some way to address this.”
Neighbourhood Sergeant Darren Warr said: “Our project was successful in securing £6640 from the total £25,000 PCC / Safer Bristol fund. The aim of the project is to reduce burglaries in the east Bristol area by 10 per cent, by this time next year.
“The money will help us to improve the security of 500 homes, costing no more than £13.28 per household. I think most people would agree that this is a cost effective way of helping people to make their homes safer.
“If you live in the east Bristol area and would like Terry to come round and work his magic on your home, then please call us on 101, or come along to one of community meetings and sign up there.”
Volunteer Terry said: “The role is challenging as it involves learning new skills for me, like using computer spreadsheets. But it’s a practical way of giving back to the community and helping vulnerable people to feel safer and more secure in their own homes, which is very rewarding.”
Posted on Wednesday 4th June 2014