Due to the ever changing, rapidly escalating ongoing situation with the Covid-19/Corona Virus, the Panel meeting due to be held on Thursday 26th March has been cancelled.
This decision has been made due to the uncertainty of the progress of the virus and any new restrictions that may be imposed by Government in the coming days and weeks ,of which social distancing is one example, to combat the virus. It is imperative that all the community strictly adhere to all the precautions to help ameliorate the spread of this virus.
This is the right course of action for the Harwich District and Community Crime Prevention Panel and apologies in advance for any inconvenience to anyone. Understandably the health and welfare of our Panel members and members of our partner organisations that attend our meetings is of paramount importance to us.
Harwich shopkeepers encouraged to speak up anonymously about violence and abuse
Harwich shopkeepers, their staff and customers are being urged to step forward and report abuse or other crimes affecting their workplace and community.
The town has adopted the ShopAlert campaign, which has been launched by independent charity Crimestoppers in Essex. It includes an Alert Notice with useful information and advice on what to do if they suspect or have seen a crime taking place.
The charity’s campaign, is part of a wider programme to help raise awareness of crime in the countryside and supports an ongoing Home Office drive to encourage shoppers and shop staff to report abuse and violence.
It’s believed there is significant under-reporting of retail crime and that some workers suffer severe post-traumatic stress after experiencing violent incidents whilst at work.
Colin Dobinson, Crimestoppers in Essex volunteer, said: “The reaction from shopkeepers we have spoken to so far has been very positive. We know that they, and their staff, have been enduring increased abuse and violence in recent times. It is totally unacceptable for someone to have to face violence and abuse whilst they are only doing their job.
“In smaller, tight-knit communities, people will often know who the perpetrators are, but they are too afraid to report it directly to the police for fear of reprisals. This campaign aims to reassure them that if they contact Crimestoppers charity – using our website’s simple online form or by calling 0800 555 111 – they will stay 100% anonymous. Always. That’s our charity’s unique guarantee.”
The new Alert Notice features useful guidance for shop staff and their customers and draws attention to a report by the Association of Convenience Stores which revealed 83% of shop staff have been subjected to verbal abuse and increased violence within the past 12 months.
Crimestoppers charity gives people the power to speak up about crime – 100% anonymously. Last year, across the UK, over half a million people trusted us with their information.
You can speak to our professionally-staffed UK Contact Centre which is open 24/7, 365 days a year by phone on 0800 555 111 or use our anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Our charity has always kept its promise of anonymity to everyone who contacts us.
Crimestoppers charity is not an emergency service and in the event of an emergency always ring 999.
FREE Internet Safety Sessions for Parents, Carers & Guardians of children in the Tendring District Thursday 5th March 2020, 7pm at The Princes Theatre, Clacton. Book your free tickets at https://princestheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873586044