Tuesday 17 Nov 2020
PCSOs have recently held 10 socially distanced events in different locations around Wrexham.
PCSOs Louise Roberts, Tim Edwards, Ciara Regan and Helen Holden arranged the events as a way to engage and reassure members of the community after it was found that people are feeling vulnerable due to Covid19 and were anxious to return to the town centre.
By holding the events in the town centre, PCSOs are able to reach out to members of the community to chat about any concerns they have about their area and also to provide safety advice as we enter the Christmas period.
The team applied for PACT funding to purchase crime prevention freebies that could be given out to members of the public to help them to protect themselves whilst out. The items card defenders, personal attack alarms and purse bells.
PCSO Louise Roberts said: “We regularly run ‘Cuppa with a Copper’ and crime prevention stands in the area which we promote on our Facebook page which can be found by searching for NWP Wrexham Town on Facebook.
“These sessions are valuable to us as we get to meet and have a chat with community members who previously may not have been confident to approach the police. Having informal chats allows us to learn what the real issues and concerns are in the area. This also gives us an indication of the kind of safety advice that the public will find valuable for us to share.”
The team have found that the events are growing in success with the latest event being held at Tesco Extra in Wrexham, which was supported by staff members Carrie and Ali. The team spoke to around 50 people whilst doing their shopping during the afternoon.
North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that supports community-led projects that encourage a safer environment, to enhance the quality of life of the people of North Wales.