Community Safety News & Campaigns

Celebrate Safely in 2021

Celebrate Safely, the annual campaign to encourage people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to consider their safety during the upcoming season of celebrations.

This partnership approach is still to ensure that those celebrating, where possible, can do so safely. We would remind people to be vigilant while out and about, look after their belongings and be respectful of others.

Some top tips to help during the festive period include:

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed on each level of your home
  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Don’t attempt to cook if you are under the influence of alcohol
  • Consider using battery powered candles
  • Keep candles out of the reach of pets and children, and away from
  • Beware of fake electrical products
  • Don’t overload electrical sockets! If in doubt: one plug, one socket
  • When you go out lock your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a short time
  • Be discreet with your valuables and never leave Christmas presents in view in tha car or home.
  • Never drive any vehicle under the influence of drink or drugs
  • Respect – be aware of your surroundings and each other.
  • if you are going “out out” don’t forget you can “Ask for Angela” at any bar if you start to feel uncomfortable with your guests.

And whilst Christmas for the majority will be a happy time some people won’t feel safe at home this season.  Remember, you are not alone, and help is available on 0808 80 200 28

Dry January

Dry January supports people across the country to change their relationship with alcohol through stopping drinking for one month using Alcohol Change UK's tools and resources. You can use Dry January to help your community to become healthier and happier

Download the free Try Dry app to help you meet your goals, whether you want to take on Dry January (or another dry challenge), cut down on your drinking, or go totally alcohol-free. Visit  https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january/get-involved/the-dry-january-app

Safer Internet Day 8 February 2022

This year’s theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, more details about Safer Internet Day can be found at https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence awareness week

Sexual abuse is a serious crime which includes several coerced sexual acts where the person does not consent or feels pressured into consenting. 

This form of abuse can include rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing/innuendo, sexual photography or being subjected to pornography. 

Sexual assault can be reported online in Leicestershire at https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/rape-sexual-assault-other-sexual-offences/

Victims of sexual assault can also call Juniper Lodge the local Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC)on  0116 273 3330

You can join the conversation on social media using #itsnotok and follow @itsnotok2021 https://www.itsnotokay.co.uk/

Hate crime

January 27 is Holocaust Day which is an opportunity to raise awareness of hate crime.

A hate crime is defined as 'Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.'

A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but it is equally important that these are reported and recorded by the police.

Victims are encouraged to report their experiences to True vision and online report it centre visit https://www.leics.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/hco/hate-crime/how-to-report-hate-crime/

 

Other news from last month

National Anti Bullying week  (8 – 12  November 2021)

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us.

There is no doubt social media is a powerful tool, available at our fingertips. We are the first generation to use social media in the way we do, but it hasn't always been used for good. Trolling and online bullying is rife on various online platforms. Whether we use social media for personal or business purposes, we have come to accept trolling as part of being on these platforms.

The Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA) organise this campaign with the theme ‘One Kind Word’ being chosen for this year's Anti-Bullying Week.

More information to join in with this campaign can be found by visiting - 

 https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week or a parents/carers pack can be found at For Parents and Carers (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)

 

Alcohol Awareness Week (15-21 November 2021)

Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2021 is ‘Alcohol and relationships’.

Alcohol and relationships are closely linked. Many of us associate alcohol with socialising, and alcohol can become a big part of our connections and interactions with those around us. But when our own or a loved one’s drinking starts to negatively affect our relationships, or stands in the way of us taking action on our own drinking, it can have a huge impact on our lives.

On top of this, research shows that many of us have found ourselves drinking more to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic. As we leave lockdown and return to normal life there will be new pressures too – pressures to drink, 'sober shaming', and pressures we put on ourselves to get back to ‘normal’ socialising.

Sign up to do something positive or to find help and support if you are concerned about your own/a loved one's alcohol use at https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/alcohol-awareness-week-1 or call our local service providers https://www.turning-point.co.uk/services/leicestershire

 

Road Safety Awareness Week - 16-21 November 2021

Road safety and speeding, more specifically, are always key concerns when the Community Safety Partnership ask what priorities should feature in our plan. 

Road Safety Awareness Week allows communities/interest groups to work together to raise awareness of any road safety concerns you may have. It could be that you are a parent/governor/student at a local school where more could be done to reduce the 30 minutes of parking and safety in your locality.

Road safety charity Brake runs this awareness week to encourages communities to get involved with this important work more details can be found at www.brake.org.uk/road-safety-week 

Another initiative you could think about is running a Community Speed Watch.

Community Speed Watch is an educational scheme to help people reduce speeding traffic though their community. The scheme enables volunteers to work with police, county council, and within their community, to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.

Community Speed Watch incorporates poster campaigns and a pledge system, linked to direct action using speed detection equipment, all under the supervision of the County Council. The use of the radar devices will not lead to prosecution but drivers will get a letter from the police instead.

To find out more about the scheme, you can register your interest with the Community Speed Watch co-ordinator on 0116 3057233 or visit www.communityspeedwatch.org.uk/contact  

Our other partnership campaign is FATAL Four. The Fire Service take the lead on this project highlighting the four biggest factors likely to cause an accident. These are excessive speed, distractions (such as mobile phones), being under the influence of drink or drugs, and failing to wear a seat belt.

Find out more about this hard-hitting campaign at https://leics-fire.gov.uk/your-safety/road-safety/the-fatal-four/

White Ribbon Day (25th November 21)

On White Ribbon Day Thursday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, we are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women.

During the week we are able to get the message out that men’s violence against women and girls must end. The #AllMenCan is our leading message this year and highlights te importance that all men can make a difference. It was developed in March when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds.

It also opened up so many conversations about men taking action and making a stand. As we move towards the end of the year we want as many men as possible to think carefully and make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

To take part and sign your pledge to the promise, visit https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise

 

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