Friendly star to help Craigieburn stay safe

Sergeant Pete will be the star attraction at a display about community safety that is planned for Craigieburn Central.

The lovable member of Victoria Police will help Hume City Council to promote a new crime prevention and community safety guide.

The event is scheduled for Saturday 28 May 2016 between 10am and 12pm, and is set to also feature Hume officers and members of Craigieburn Neighbourhood Watch.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, encouraged families to pop into the shopping centre to meet Sergeant Pete.

“Children always love to high-five our local police mascot, and I’m sure Sergeant Pete will only be too happy to pose for photos,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The display will offer lots of great information on how people can stay safe in their homes and around the local neighbourhood.

“Council has carefully prepared a guide with heaps of tips, because we want to demonstrate that there are simple and often inexpensive things that people can do to prevent crime.

“Hume is a wonderful place in which to raise a family, and together we can all work to reduce the potential for crime.”

Hume’s crime prevention guide will also be handed out at a special home safety event, scheduled for Craigieburn Central’s Over 55s Club, on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10am.

Members of Victoria Police will attend to provide advice on how to stay safe in the home, and CFA officers shall outline some ways to prevent a house fire.

It will be an informative session, and include giveaways like movie tickets and batteries for smoke detectors.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was confident that both events would offer local residents with information which could make a difference.

“Everyone should check that the locks on their doors and windows work correctly, because these devices make it harder for burglars to enter a home,” she said.

“Lock your tools away in the shed, so that they can’t be used to smash a window or force open a door.

“Consider whether you should install an alarm, and perhaps some lights in the yard which are activated by motion.

“And remember to cut up and bin boxes that reveal you have recently bought an expensive electrical item, like a flat-screen TV.”

Hume City Council’s crime prevention and community safety guide has been produced following a workshop which was held in Craigieburn last December.

The event explored ways to keep neighbourhoods secure, and was attended by representatives of Selwyn House, Craigieburn Neighbourhood Watch, Craigieburn Residents Association, Victoria Police, and Craigieburn Central.

The Victorian Government has helped to fund Hume’s new safety guide.

To obtain a copy, visit a Hume City Council customer service centre or call 03 9205 2200.

Updated : 5:32 PM, 20 May 2016

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