Dorset's getting its first Bobby Van

Dorset's getting its first Bobby Van

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:58am 9th October 2019.

Dorset's first Bobby Van should be on the road by the New Year.

The unit, which will provide home security, crime prevention advice and reassurance for vulnerable people, is being set up by the police and the police and crime commissioner. 

Similar schemes already operate in other areas across the country.

Van operators visit people’s homes and undertake a range of activities, including fitting new door and window locks, installing security lighting, and educating homeowners in practical ways to help prevent crime. 

weymouth and portland police on Weymouth Esplanade

They can also undertake fire safety work, provide advice about fraud and cybercrime, and signpost vulnerable people to other agencies.

Other areas claim that their vans have reduced the incidence of repeat burglary and re-victimisation. 

The county’s police and crime panel heard that Dorset Police has now appointed a project manager to oversee the scheme’s delivery; a van has been bought, and the van operative has been recruited and is currently undergoing his initial training.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter