Pupils get advice on playing it safe

Card issued by police
Card issued by police

PUPILS have been offered useful tips and advice on staying safe during the school summer holidays.

Thames Valley Crimestoppers have joined forces with police and a number of schools to reinforce important awareness messages on how to avoid becoming victims of crime.

Theft and robbery are among the most common crimes that youngsters are hit by as they tend to visit parks, shopping centres and open spaces.

But they have been warned if they do go to these places not to flash any valuables, stay in groups and make sure that if they are riding a bike to lock it up.

Vice chairman of Thames Valley Crimestoppers, Phil Gomm, said: “The charity jumped at the chance to work with local young people and educate them on ways in which they can keep themselves and their community safe, and the response we have had from schools was amazing.

“Young people hold the key to a lot of information about who is doing what, but they are often too scared to speak out.

“By talking to them about the Crimestoppers anonymous telephone and online services, young people realise that there is a safe way to give information on criminal activity without fear of reprisals.”

Shortly before the school holidays the team visited Radcliffe School to run a workshop with children.

They also visited Oakgrove, Hazeley School, The MK Academy, Walton High, Shenley Brook End and St Paul’s to give advice to pupils.

Inspector Neil Coolman, of Thames Valley Police, said: “By planning and taking a few simple steps people can make themselves much safer.

“Although Milton Keynes is a safe place for young people to be out and about, every summer we investigate incidents of robbery and theft from people aged between 11 and 18 in MK.”

> If you witness this crime you can call Crimestoppers on 08000 555 111.