ELDERLY residents will receive tips and advice on keeping their home safe at a lunch date with members of the local police force.
Officers from the Shirley neighbourhood policing team are taking 45 members of local groups on a funded coach trip to Coleshill-based Melbicks Garden Centre later this month.
The trip, which has been funded by a grant from the West Midlands Police Diversity Group, will help vulnerable residents feel safer in their homes.
As well as enjoying a sit-down lunch the members will receive a talk on doorstep crime and rogue traders and will also have the opportunity to speak to their local neighbourhood police officers and the community partnership officer.
Shirley officers have regular contact with three local associations – Lawnswood Residents’ Association, Shirley Residents’ Association and Woodlands Residents’ Action Group.
All of these groups are made up of people who are keen to help their neighbourhood policing team in making their neighbourhood a safe and secure place.
Acting Police Sergeant Martin Williams said: “One of our diversity objectives has been to make contact with hard-to-reach groups with a view to include them in our local priority settings.
“This day will not only provide an ideal opportunity for this but will also raise their awareness of doorstep crime, get all three residents’ groups networking and also give them something back as a thank you for caring for their community.”