Crime and safety concerns raised at Stamford police forum

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People voiced their concerns over crime and safety at a police forum last night (Tuesday).

Stamford neighbourhood policing team held the open forum at All Saints and St John’s Church Rooms in West Street, Stamford.

The aim of the forum is to give people the opportunity to speak directly to Stamford-based officers and about 12 people were there.

During the meeting, people praised the Lincs Alert messaging system as a way of letting people know about crimes in their area.

But people called for more details to be included, such as how thieves accessed properties, so they could look at improving their home security.

PC Debbie Bowen said burglary packs with a property marking kit and a 10-step guide to home security were available to collect at Stamford police station in North Street, as were marking kits for allotment owners.

She also urged people during the warmer months to make sure their doors and windows were locked.

Lincolnshire county councillor David Brailsford (Con) also raised speeding issues in Sydney Farm Lane and concerns that children were not always wearing seatbelts.

PC Bowen said anyone with concerns over road safety or speeding should call 101 with specific details, including times, roads and if possible, registration numbers, so the police can focus on those areas.

PC Bowen also said the team would look into working collaboratively with schools to speak to children about seatbelts.

After the forum, the closed police panel met to discuss the neighbourhood priorities.

The next open forum will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at 6.30pm at Christ Church in Green Lane, Stamford.