Help us protect elderly

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We’ve already had a cold snap over the Christmas period, with snow that lasted for a few days. 
No doubt over the coming weeks we will have more. At this time of year, it is important for us to look out for our neighbours, especially those who may be elderly or vulnerable, and who may find this a particularly difficult time.
Protecting and supporting vulnerable people is a crucial part of what the police do, in conjunction with our partners. 
However, this is a job that we cannot do alone, and we rely not only on people letting us know that they might have a problem, but also on friends, relatives and neighbours telling us about their concerns. So, if you are helping out an elderly or vulnerable person over the coming months-be it clearing a driveway of snow, picking up the shopping, or simply popping round for a cup of tea to provide some companionship-I would ask you to be vigilant and use your eyes and ears. Do they complain of feeling unsafe in their own home? Can you see any obvious insecurity, such as a broken window or a loose door-lock? 
Do they worry that they can’t see who’s at the door when people call? 
If so, then we may be able to help. 
Together with the Erewash Community Safety Partnership, we have teamed up with our colleagues at the South Derbyshire CVS, and we are running a ‘Safer Homes’ initiative in Erewash, aimed at older (60+) and vulnerable people. The scheme works by installing security equipment free of charge, and offering crime prevention advice. If you know of someone in this position, then please contact us. 
Tell us their name and address, and ideally a contact number. 
Let them know we will be in touch, so they don’t get a call out of the blue. Then leave the rest to us. We will assess them and see what help we can offer. 
You can e-mail us at Ilkeston.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk. Thank you.

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Speaking of cold weather, we still have a few Car Scrapers provided by the Erewash Community

Safety Partnership available. Not only are they handy when the ice and snow are covering your car,

but also they have useful reminders about vehicle security on them. You can pick one up for free

from the police station Enquiry Office—but when they’re gone, they’re gone!