This Thursday night, Basildon Council will be holding the first of the reintroduced Together for Safer Communities public meetings in an effort to provide community reassurance and promote crime prevention advice and materials.

The Together for Safer Communities meetings are led by Councillor Kerry Smith, Chairman of the Housing and Communities Committee, with the next meeting being held at the Castlemayne Pub, The Knares, Basildon on Thursday 19 September from 7pm to 9pm.

The meetings aim to give residents the opportunity to discuss their community safety issues and concerns as well as pick up free crime prevention materials like property and bike marking kits, vehicle crime packs, number plate screws, personal alarms, credit card defenders, purse dipping bells and 'No Cold Calling' stickers.

Essex Watch and Neighbourhood Watch will be present at the meetings to encourage residents to become involved in their local groups and other such schemes. 

Cllr Kerry Smith, said: "Back in 2017 when I held the first Together for Safer Communities meeting in Nethermayne - it was packed and standing room only and I hope to replicate that this week.

"Any of us that are members of local Facebook groups know that community safety and crime concerns are daily online conversations and I hope that residents take the opportunity to continue these discussions offline and pick up lots of free crime prevention materials.

"I was keen to reintroduce these meetings where there is support of the local ward councillors to promote and be involved - so I hope we will see a packed calendar of events over the next year."

You can see the full calendar of Together for Safer Community meetings confirmed so far here



Published on Monday 16 September 2019