During our Tuesday Afternoon Social event this week, we had a visit from the Community Support Officer to talk to members of the Sherburn Visiting Scheme about safety and security within the village. Police Community Support Officer Wood joined us to discuss general concerns within Sherburn in Elmet and the surrounding areas.
Officer Wood has been in the Police Force for eleven years and covers the Monk Fyston, Hillam, Fenton, Fairburn, Byram and Brotherton areas. His primary job sees him gathering intelligence from within the community to prevent crime. He also works with various agencies such as the Selby Council, Social Services and Youth Clubs to ensure he does his part to see the community safe.
He spoke in depth about the youth antisocial behaviours affecting the village and outlined his involvement with events such as Tour De Yorkshire and the Olympic Torch Ceremony over the past couple of years.
Many of our members had questions relating to parking due to the increase of cars and the decline of dedicated parking spaces which Officer Wood was able to discuss and give advice on which everyone felt was helpful.
In addition to the above, Officer Wood stated that even though there are some reports of mild antisocial behaviour within Sherburn in Elmet, Yorkshire had the lowest crime rate throughout the UK last year.
Officer Wood explained the difference between 101 and 999 and which number would be best to call in specific situations. He also spoke in detail about ways residents could actively avoid crime happening to them such as a bell on your purse to dissuade pickpockets, magnetic strips on wallets to stop bank fraud and keeping a door locked with a door chain.
If you would like to come to one of our events to speak about topics that you think our members would enjoy or find informative, please feel free to contact us for more information.
If you, or if you know someone who would benefit from joining the Sherburn Visiting Scheme, please contact us today, we would love to hear from you!
The social is every Tuesday and starts at 13:30 until 15:30. The social takes place at the Lady Popplewell Centre, Beech Close, Sherburn in Elmet, LS25 6EE. You can find out more about our Tuesday Afternoon Social here.
The scheme is becoming under increasing pressure due to the increased number of people using the service and the retirement of some of our longstanding drivers. The need for new drivers is vital for the service to continue.