The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust for over 20 years has been securing the homes of elderly and vulnerable people living in Wiltshire and Swindon and talked to over a 1,200 community groups.
The Trust’s original aim was to secure the homes of elderly and disabled people who had become, or were at risk of becoming, victims of house crime. They offered practical help and advice on how to remain safe at home by undertaking a full home security assessment before fitting appropriate security hardware.
Since then the Trust has increased its remit to meet the changing needs of our community; where appropriate they conduct a full fire risk assessment as well – installing smoke detectors and CO monitors where necessary and secure the homes of people experiencing domestic abuse. But it is probably their latest initiative, Stay Safe Online that meets the current challenges of modern day life. Cyber-crime is the Nation’s fastest growing crime – with around one third of fraud occurring online. The Trust now has a team of 7 volunteers who carry out home visits, improving awareness through education and therefore helping to prevent computer enabled fraud.
Funds raised through the Bowood Classic Ibiza Concert will be put towards the cost of securing some of the 1,500 homes visited each year, ensuring that the residents can live safely and securely in their own homes, without the fear of unwanted visitors.
This amazing service is free to all over 60s or 18+ with a registered disability, how lucky Wiltshire and Swindon are to have such a team keeping us safe.