Bobby Vans

With recent surveys showing a perceived rise in crime and the fear of crime, a scheme in Bedfordshire is helping to keep residents safe with the support of The Key Safe Company.

The Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust Bobby Scheme was created to support elderly and vulnerable victims of crime, and more recently domestic abuse, provides free home security checks and deals with immediate security issues.

As part of an assessment one of the team will visit to enhance the security and safety features in a home. The fitters will install a wide range of security improvements and advice as well as fitting the Supra C500 key safe to allow unrestricted access to the home for users without the need for multiple keys.

Martin Darlow, Chief Executive at the Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust, commented: “The scheme was set up a number of years ago to plug the gap for elderly and vulnerable people who were unable to afford to protect themselves in the home. Many people we see have already been victims of crime and do not have the means to prevent themselves from further risks.

“The scheme has proven beneficial to the community as we found the chances of an elderly person becoming a repeat victim of crime, in the first six months after an incident, drops from 14% to just 1% if they have had a visit from us.”

The organisation, which relies on charitable donations, receives referrals from a range of sources including the police, local authorities, fire services, as well as families of elderly people who feel they could benefit from the assessment.

Martin added: “As well as installing security measure we fit key safes as requested as we feel they are a vital addition to the homes of elderly and vulnerable people as they may often have care workers visit the home throughout the day. It ensures that numerous people aren’t holding keys and gives people the peace of mind that their keys are safely locked away.

“We’ve fitted other key safes but currently use The Key Safe Company, which are the best on the market. What was really important to us was that the Supra C500 was police recommended, which gives us the confidence to further recommend.”

As part of the partnership between the scheme and The Key Safe Company, each of the fitters were taken through a training course with the company to receive a key safe accreditation.

The Supra C500 is the UK's only mechanical key safe that is police accredited through the Secured by Design initiative due to achieving the LPS1175: Issue 6, security rating 1. The product has an accredited certification from The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection. Recognised by Secured By Design, as well as leading home insurance companies, the product has undergone rigorous tests devised by security experts to demonstrate a comparable attack resistance to a domestic front door.

David Ogden, Managing Director for The Key Safe Company, commented: “Key safes provide a vital resource for elderly and vulnerable members of our society and we’re keen to ensure we’re assisting schemes such as the Bobby Vans to help reach those who may be more susceptible to crime. We recommend anyone who knows someone who could benefit from our service to get in touch.”

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