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Third Bobby Van hits the road!

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT) are pleased to announce that we now have an additional, third van on the road, enabling us to respond more swiftly to visit requests across the county.

Since 1998, the WBVT has supported people over 60 and 18+ registered disabled by making their homes more secure, and providing advice. Responding to referrals from agencies such as Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council, Age UK, etc, and requests by individuals for visits, the WBVT has seen demand for the service increase to the point where we needed another van and Security Operator.

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Former PCSO Will Todd joins our two existing Security Operators, Doug Batchelor and Mick Leighfield. Will has worked with Wiltshire Police since 2004, and brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to his new role with the WBVT.

Will says:

“As a PCSO I enjoyed getting to know people, and working with partner agencies to reduce crime and build safer communities.

I feel that the Bobby Van is valuable service that assists elderly and vulnerable people to be safer in their own homes.

I am really looking forward to working with the other members of the Bobby Van team who are committed to delivering an excellent service.”

Will’s van will mainly provide cover for the middle and west of the county, and help us to ensure that there is more consistent coverage of the county, which was a struggle with only two vans. The increased demands for talks at community events can also now be more easily accommodated – with requests coming to Paula Evans and Kath Williams in the office weekly.

Welcome to the team, Will!

Bobby Van Patron, HRH Duchess of Cornwall, supports domestic abuse campaign

In line with her ongoing kind support and patronage of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, HRH Duchess of Cornwall has now provided her support to a series of animated films produced by students at Bournmouth University.

The three short Cut Your Strings films cover: Threats; Isolation; and Tracking & monitoring. Just some examples of coercive and controlling behaviour… which is domestic abuse… and is illegal.

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One of the less well-known aspects of our work at The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is our free home security support for victims of domestic abuse. Although victims cannot refer themselves for these services – support agencies such as Wiltshire Police, Splitz, Swindon Women’s Aid, etc, etc, can refer them to us.

Alongside regular security check items, such as lock changes, our Security Operators give practical advice and can provide victims of domestic abuse with personal attack alarms. Our Security Operators also work closely with the Sanctaury Scheme in Swindon to install safe rooms if required, to ensure victims have a more secure room in the home to safely await emergency help if needbe.

For more information and support:

 

Community Roadshow in Swindon

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust joined forces with Wiltshire Police and Victim Support last month to provide mobile information to the public about the services available to them. Saturday 24th march saw them at Sussex Square and Cavendish Square, whilst on Sunday 25th they were at Morrison’s carpark in Eldene.

The roadshow was well-received, with lots of interested members of the public lerning more about the work we do and how we can help not only make thier homes more physically secure, but also how to protect themselves online.

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Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Video coming soon!

The end of last month saw us recording a short film to help promote awareness about the work we do. We will be adding this to the website shortly, and hope to have it available to view at events that we attend.

The filing includes more about the day-to-day work The Trust undertakes, including both that of our Home Security Operators and our great team of Stay Safe Online Volunteers.

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Our Stay Safe Online Volunteer, Tamas Kiss, also features delivering one of our popular and well-received talks (photo above) about staying safe when using the internet for banking, surfing, and keeping in touch with friends and family.

Watch this space!

Online dating safety

Dating fraudsters are heartless criminals who mostly operate online to manipulate their victims.

The Bobby Van Stay Safe Online Team advise that you protect yourself from online dating fraud by following these simple tips:

  • Get to know the person, not just their profile and ask plenty of questions. Don’t rush into an online relationship.
  • Check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine.
  • Talk to your friends and family about your dating choices. Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them.
  • Never send money to someone you’ve met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you’ve been speaking to them.
  • Don’t move the conversation off the dating site until you are confident the person is who they say they are.

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If you are aged over 60, or 18+ registered with a disability, the Stay Safe Online Team can help with free online safety awareness tuition and hands-on help and advice.

To make an appointment:

Call: 01380 861191

Email: bv.onlinesafety@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Safer Internet Day 2018

Grandparents seize the opportunity to support Safer Internet Day.

You play a crucial role in supporting parents to look after children and with this comes the responsibility of helping to keep them safe. Click on the image below to visit the Safer Internet Day 2018 website to find out more, also read on to see how we can help!

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If you are aged over 60, or 18+ registered with a disability, the Stay Safe Online Team, can help to empower you to be the best digital role models with free online safety awareness tuition and hands-on help and advice.

To make an appointment:

Call: 01380 861191

Email: bv.onlinesafety@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk