WEST NORFOLK: Women benefit from police-run scheme to address fear of crime

PUBLISHED: 11:38 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:05 02 June 2010

MORE than 60 women across West Norfolk have benefited from a police-run scheme to address people s fear of crime. A number of free personal safety courses were organised by King s Lynn s neighbourhood policing teams in response to an increasing number of

MORE than 60 women across West Norfolk have benefited from a police-run scheme to address people's fear of crime.

A number of free personal safety courses were organised by King's Lynn's neighbourhood policing teams in response to an increasing number of requests from female members of the public for improved guidance on how to stay safe.

The three courses run by personal safety expert Liz Clark, in conjunction with Safer Neighbourhood Team officers, proved so popular that police are now planning more to cater for a growing waiting list of prospective candidates.

Tailored courses are also being planned for men and people in the older age group.

Sgt Rebecca Cant from the Gaywood, Fairstead and Reffley Safer Neighbourhood Team instigated the course, with help from Freebridge Housing who offered their offices in King's Lynn as a venue.

Sgt Cant said: "The four-hour courses, which run over two weekday evenings, have proved hugely popular, with teenagers and women of all ages from across the district attending.

"Liz, who gained her expertise after being a victim of crime many years ago, shares tips on how to stay safe, how to avoid and what to do if you are confronted with a potentially difficult situation.

"Feedback from the women has been 100 per cent positive and people have thanked us for giving them the tools to feel safer in their communities."

The courses, which ran between March and May, covered a range of skills including awareness and avoidance tactics, body language, home and community safety and the law.

It was hosted by Liz, who lives in King's Lynn, with input from neighbourhood police officers.

Liz said: "The course teaches people that they can do something positive about their personal safety. Statistically those that are tuned into their environment and aware of their surroundings are less likely to become a victim of crime."

More courses are planned for the future. For more information or to book a place call King's Lynn's Safer Neighbourhood Teams on 0845 456 4567 or e-mail personalsafetycourse@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

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