Help burglary victims by adopting charity

The Bobby Scheme is looking for a company to adopt it as its charity of the year.
The Bobby Scheme is looking for a company to adopt it as its charity of the year.
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A charity that helps older victims of burglary is looking for a local company to adopt it as their charity of the year for 2014.

The Bobby Scheme provides a free service to victims of burglary aged 60 or over who live in Cambridgeshire, to give safety advice and security devices to help them feel safe and secure in their homes following a break-in or an attempt break in.

The Bobby Scheme is looking for the support of a local company – or two – to raise money to support the charity in its good work over the forthcoming year, by choosing it as their organisation’s charity of choice.

Shirley Simpson, the charity’s Trust Manager, said: “It’s that time of year where people are full of resolutions and changes to be made, so rather than give something up this year, why not start something new?

“By choosing the Bobby Scheme as your charity of choice for 2014, you’ll be showing your staff and customers that you care about some of the most vulnerable people in the local community.”

Over the past 10 years Cambridgeshire’s Bobby Scheme has secured over 20,000 homes and reduced the repeat burglary rate from 9.8% in Cambridgeshire to less than 1.5% among those supported by the charity.

The Bobby Scheme employs a co-ordinator and two full time security advisors to provide the service. The advisors repair minor damage caused by the criminal and then install locks, bolts, spyholes, door chains and alarms. They don’t aim to turn a home into a fortress, but they will provide practical help, reassurance and peace of mind at a time when it is needed most, usually within 48 hours of the burglary.

The Scheme also offers the same service on a proactive basis to anyone aged 65 and over to reduce the chance of them becoming victims and reduce their fear of crime. This service is also offered to disabled vulnerable adults of any age. Non victims are asked for a donation of £25 towards the costs.

Shirley added: “For any company generous enough to support us, we can offer you some great advertising and promotional opportunities in return.”

To find out how to support the scheme as your charity of choice, call Shirley on 01480 413311 or 07866 602100, email sas@cpstrust.org, or for further information about the Bobby Scheme go to www.thebobbyscheme.org