Pill schoolgirl designs police crime reduction poster

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By Prue_Reid | Friday, April 26, 2013, 15:43

A SCHOOLGIRL from Pill has been chosen as the winner of a competition to design a special poster offering crime advice to homeowners.

Crockerne Primary School student, Maya Matthews, seven, beat off competition from 78 fellow pupils to design a poster to spread the message 'If you're not sure, don't open your door.' 

The competition was one part of Relentless on Doorstep Crime, a special week-long operation which has been running throughout the Avon and Somerset 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 never actually carried out.

PCSO Charman, who chose the winning design, said: "We've organised all sorts of activities building up to this week, with officers out on Meals on Wheels deliveries to visit elderly and vulnerable people, attending lunch clubs and popping in to coffee mornings.

 "It's all about raising awareness of doorstep crime and the simple message that 'if you're not sure, don't open your door'.

"The aim of the school competition is to get young people involved in looking out for their elderly relatives or neighbours - every pupil who entered did so on the basis they will take their poster out to someone who needs to know the message."

As well as the competition officers have spoken to more than 4,000 children aged between seven and 10 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.

A number of new No Cold Calling Zones have also been set up, including in Clevedon and Yatton.

A total of 17 new zones are being set up throughout Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead, together with seven in and around Weston-super-Mare. 

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