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  • Community Safety Plus CIC

    Proudly sponsored by

    Creative Support Services

    Derbyshire

  • Community Safety Plus CIC www.csplusonline.co.uk

    About us

    Community Safety Plus (CSPlus) CIC was

    founded to give support to community groups

    and individuals. We offer free advertisement to

    your community group while highlighting issues

    that affect all communities. We also want to

    highlight success stories so if you have any

    ideas and want to share them with like minded

    people then don't hesitate to contact us.

    We also offer training and full time and part time employment to

    individuals whether this is working from our office or from home. We give

    everyone a chance and give our staff the opportunity to work flexible

    hours that suit their lifestyle. If you are looking to get involved and believe

    you can gain support for our company then get in touch today.

    What is a Community Interest Company (CICs)?

    Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with

    special additional features, created for the use of people who want to

    conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not

    purely for private advantage. This is achieved by a "community interest

    test" and "asset lock", which ensure that the CIC is established for

    community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these

    purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by

    the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and

    enforcement role.

  • Community Safety Plus CIC www.csplusonline.co.uk

    Crime Prevention

    It has often been said, a mans home is his sanctuary, a place of

    recuperation enjoyable past times. However, once this sanctuary has

    been broken, it becomes almost untenable to remain, people feel

    violated within their own home and decide they require a move away just

    to feel safe again. Yet this is a dilemma that many victims of crime within

    the home face on a daily basis. So the question remains, what can we

    do to make our homes more secure so we do not fall victims to crime

    ourselves?

    The Metropolitan Police Service offers many guidelines and tips to

    assist in crime prevention within the home. With the further development

    of current technology it has become even more difficult to protect ones

    home with the most flagrant of crime associated with the home being

    burglary. Burglary victims often wonder why the burglar picked on their

    house. To find out you need to consider how a burglars mind actually

    works. Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will

    select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out

    his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his

    way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far

    more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured:

    side gates open

    accessible windows open

    ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows

    garden tools available to force entry

    untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance

    Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and is an

    indication to the prospective burglar that it's worth a second look.

    Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to

  • grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know

    them, and to be cautious of people seeking to 'tailgate' them into

    buildings.

    One of the easiest ways for a burglar to spot if there are people within a

    property comes from the simplest of observations, milk bottles or parcels

    on the doorstep; newspapers and mail in the letter box; unlit houses

    after dark and all windows shut in very hot weather.

    These are signs telling the burglar that he is unlikely to be disturbed in

    the course of his work.

    Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be

    unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the burglar

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    that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on.

    Many homeowners believe it is safe to leave a spare key lying around in case of

    emergencies. The simple truth is never leave a spare key concealed anywhere near

    the front door - burglars know all the hiding places. Prevent letterbox burglaries by

    storing keys away from the front door. Do not label your house keys in case you lose

    them and they fall into the wrong hands.

    There are also other simple guidelines to help minimize the chances of being a

    victim of burglary. Remove temptation where possible; try to keep valuables out of

    sight from windows. Make it look as though your house is occupied by installing

    timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically; have a neighbour or

    friend pop round to clear your letter box or doorstep; encourage a neighbour to park

    on your drive; if going out after dark, draw the curtains,

    leave some lights on and a radio playing.

    Another thing to consider is if you are going away on

    holiday or leaving your home for a prolonged period of

    time.

    Cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers; disconnect

    the telephone answering machine, or re-word your

    greeting message to give the impression that you are only

    temporarily unable to answer; enlist the help of a

    neighbour, friend or relative to keep a regular eye on your

    property and keep the front door clear of deliveries; if you

    are prepared to leave a key with a willing neighbour/relative, ask for curtains to be

    drawn and lights to be put on at night. If snow is on the ground a few footprints will

    make the house appear inhabited; check your insurance policy. Some insurance

    policies for contents don't cover you if you are away for more than 30 days; set your

    burglar alarm and if you do not have an alarm, consider investing a few pounds in a

    dummy alarm box. It may well deter the opportunist thief.

    These are all simple things that you would think everyone would consider in the

    protection of their property, however it is such simple acts that an opportunist

    burglar would notice. The key is to not make your house stand out as a target.

  • One of the easiest ways for a burglar to spot if

    there are people within a property comes from

    the simplest of observations, milk bottles or

    parcels on the doorstep; newspapers and mail

    in the letter box; unlit houses after dark and all

    windows shut in very hot weather.

    These are signs telling the burglar that he is

    unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his

    work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when

    such situations may be unavoidable. If we can

    take measures that tell the burglar that this

    building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on.

    Many homeowners believe it is safe to leave a spare key lying around in case of

    emergencies. The simple truth is never leave a spare key concealed anywhere

    near the front door - burglars know all the hiding places. Prevent letterbox burglaries

    by storing keys away from the front door. Do not label your house keys in case you

    lose them and they fall into the wrong hands.

    There are also other simple guidelines to help minimize the chances of being a

    victim of burglary. Remove temptation where possible, try to keep valuables out of

    sight from windows. Make it look as though your house is occupied by installing

    timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically; have a neighbour or

    friend pop round to clear your letter box or doorstep; encourage a neighbour to park

    on your drive; if going out after dark, draw the curtains, leave some lights on and a

    radio playing.

    It is quite simple. Anti-social behaviour hurts everybody involved, both the perpetrator and the victim. This may sound a strange concept, but often the reasons for members of the public acting out in this way is due to underlying problems in their lives which although may not be forcing them to act in such a manner, carries enough weight for them to be crying out for attention. A cry for help of sorts. It is because of this that we believe it must be stopped early, before too much damage has been done and a positive solution can be found.

    Because of that, we rely on early interventions, including police visits and warning letters, as these can nip many problems in the bud before they develop into much more serious issues.

  • Community Safety Plus CIC www.csplusonline.co.uk

    Recovery +

    Recovery Plus is frontline contact point for people who would like to talk

    to someone who understands the problems of addiction whether this be

    your own addiction or a

    member of your family or a

    friend.

    Mark, our resident advisor

    has lived with addiction for

    many years and is aware of

    all the taboos connected

    with addiction. He is able to

    give advice and information

    on organisations that can

    give support.

    Mark is a stage two counsellor and has participated in support and

    counselling for individuals and groups. He is always willing to discuss

    any matters concerning addiction.