Schools in an area of Northumberland are drawing on festive crime prevention advice from neighbourhood officers as inspiration for a competition.
Youngsters aged 13 and 14 from Cramlington Learning Village, Astley High and Seaton Sluice Middle Schools have been invited to take part in the contest to design an eye-catching poster that includes important information.
This can include advice about what steps to take to prevent burglars getting into homes, keeping purses/wallets and mobile phones safe when going out shopping and making sure your car is left parked securely, with items put away safely in the boot out of sight.
PC Neil Nevens, who is part of the Cramlington neighbourhood policing team, said: “This competition helps officers to pass on important crime prevention advice, while at the same time giving pupils a fun activity.
“The aim is for the pupils to discuss this with their families, which would in turn encourage those families to think about simple security methods to make their homes and property safer, especially during the festive season.
“It also helps us to strengthen our already great links with local schools.”
Police have been given support from the Manor Walks shopping centre in Cramlington, which has agreed to display the winning design in the centre, and businesses with branches in the area such as Asda, Sainsbury’s, Wilkinsons, Co-op, Halfords and the Vue cinema will provide prizes for the youngsters.