Pupil's poster gives good advice
A TALENTED girl from Pill has been named winner of a competition to design a special poster offering crime-prevention advice to homeowners.
Crockerne Primary School pupil Maya Matthews, 7, beat 78 other children to design a poster to spread the message 'If you're not sure, don't open your door'. The winning design was chosen by Portishead police community support officer Debbie Charman.
The competition was one part of Relentless on Doorstep Crime, a week-long operation which ran throughout Avon and Somerset police's area.
Doorstep criminals often prey on vulnerable, elderly and disabled people, tricking them into letting them into their homes, overcharging for incomplete or poor work – or taking money for work that is not carried out.
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PCSO Charman said: "We have organised all sorts of activities, with officers out on meals-on-wheels deliveries to visit elderly and vulnerable people, attending lunch clubs and popping into coffee mornings. It is all about raising awareness of doorstep crime and the simple message that 'If you're not sure, don't open your door'."
Officers have spoken with more than 4,000 children aged between seven and ten and visited banks, building societies and post offices throughout North Somerset to urge them to intervene if elderly people try to withdraw large amounts of cash.
New no-cold-calling zones have also been set up, including in Clevedon and Yatton. Seventeen new zones are being established in Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead, together with seven in and around Weston-super-Mare.