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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s North Bank public safety team has been working closely with East Hull Communities Policing Team to make our neighbourhoods a safer place to work and live.

Agencies gathered at Eastmount Recreation Centre for a briefing by Public Safety Watch Manager Nick Tomlinson and Neighbourhood Beat Manager Clare Mitchell. Agencies from across sector were represented, including the local Housing Team, neighbourhood participation officers and ReNew. Once briefed, Thomas Martin, the High Sheriff for the East Riding of Yorkshire, representing the Tribute Trust gave an speech thanking the group for the positive impact they are having on the local communities.

As in previous event teams comprising of sector professional were divided into teams and assigned addresses across the Waveney Road area of Longhill.

Residents being visited was provided with:

• Fire safety advice to ensure the safety of the occupants and their property

• Crime prevention advice to reduce the likelihood of an residents homes or vehicles being targeted by criminals

• Identifying residents who have been victims of repeated arson or crime

• Installing target hardening measures, such as smoke alarms

• Marking residents property with a UV pen to allowed identification if stolen

• Assisting residents in setting up a account so they can register valuables on-line which assist police in identifying it if stolen so it can be returned and bring offenders to justice.

The overriding theme for the project is to empower residents with fire safety and crime prevention knowledge, which in turn inspire residents to take more responsibility for their safety within their homes and become more vigilant, protecting themselves and their communities.

PC Clare Mitchell from East Hull Communities Policing Team said: “We have organised this event in response to concern by the public about incidents of arson in the area. The advice and support on offer will undoubtedly reassure the community and I am looking forward to as many residents as possible. By bringing together the expertise of the Police, Fire Service, local authority and other partners we can assist with all manner of neighbourhood concerns quickly and effectively, leaving a lasting legacy in the area and a much safer community.”

Allen Cunningham, Public Safety North Bank Manager at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service added: “Collaborative events such as this are an effective method of having a lasting positive impact in an area. By working closely with Humberside Police and local partners, we can make a real different across communities which are being adversely affected by anti-social behaviour.”