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Covid-19: Everyone has a part to play in keeping family, neighbours and local community safe

During these challenging and worrying times, the charity Crimestoppers is working with a range of partners in the newly-created Community Action Response.

This initiative has been developed because of the unique and complex challenges for people in every neighbourhood in the country as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Everyone who is able is encourage to do what they can to support their communities, and particularly vulnerable and isolated people, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Action Response – five things you can do:

Think of others, consider your actions & be kind: people in every community will face the challenges of Covid-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.

Connect and reach out to your neighbours: as self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.

Make the most of local online groups: keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of your local community conversations using platforms like Nextdoor.

Support vulnerable or isolated people: different groups in our communities are at increased risk, and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do to help, like volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks.

Share accurate information and advice: support anyone who may be anxious about Covid-19. Signpost them to the correct advice from Public Health England, and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

As well as helping others in their community, we know that people will also be concerned about how to stay safe from crime, especially in these times of increased isolation. You can find all sorts of useful tips on our website www.crimestoppers-org.uk including how to maximise your online safety, from avoiding cyber-crime to shopping safely online.

We know, too, that people are concerned about a possible increase in domestic abuse incidents, so you can find out how to spot the signs, and what to do if you suspect it’s happening. There’s also advice about what to do if you are a victim of domestic violence and abuse.

Although there are fewer people on the streets at the moment, crime unfortunately still goes on, and it’s the people in Cumbria who can help keep streets safe. There are examples of things to look out for, to help keep you, your neighbours, families and friends safe. You can also find out what you can tell us about if you do spot something.

Gary Murray, North West Regional Manager for the charity Crimestoppers, said: “It is encouraging to see and hear how communities are coming together right across Cumbria during this time; with people providing help and support to the vulnerable and their neighbours.”

“We are asking people to be vigilant for online scams, doorstep callers who you don’t know and to look out for those you fear who are victims of domestic abuse. There is a lot of very useful information on our website, so please be aware, make your elderly neighbours or family aware and if you need help and support contact those organisations such as Action Fraud, Victim Support for advice and help.”

“Our Contact Centre is operating as normal for those who have information about crime and wish to report it anonymously online or by phone.”

“When you contact Crimestoppers we won’t ask your name. Won’t judge. Just listen to what you know. When you hang up the phone or click `send’, you’re done. In over 32 years our charity has always kept its promise that everyone who contacts us stays 100% anonymous. Always.”

To stay 100% anonymous please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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