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Isle of Man Community Safety Booklet is published 23 July 2007

HOUSEHOLDS on the Isle of Man will receive top tips this week on keeping property and people safe.

Police Handbook Launch 2007The Isle of Man Constabulary is publishing a new Community Safety Booklet which will be delivered to all homes on the Island from today (July 23).

Supported by the Department of Home Affairs, the booklet contains useful contact numbers for local police stations, Victim Support and Crimestoppers. It also gives details how students can protect themselves and their property.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK explains its purpose in his message, on page 13 of the booklet:

‘Comprehensive safety advice is being brought together with the aim of providing Island residents with a useful guide to keep near the telephone. It includes information on dealing with bogus callers, how to reduce vehicle crime and what action to take to prevent domestic abuse.’

He commented:

‘I understand that this is the second Community Safety Booklet published by the Isle of Man Constabulary in recent years and it will hopefully assist people to guard against becoming the victims of crime. It explains how to keep a record of valuables and how to ‘post-code’ property such as bikes in order to assist the police in the event of theft. It also has information on how to obtain free fire safety advice and information about what to do in the event of a major emergency when the all-Island warning siren system is activated.
‘I’d like to congratulate the police on the initiative and encourage people to read it and keep it handy for future reference.’

The booklet includes chapters on mobile phone crime, road safety and drugs and alcohol. The cost of publishing has been met by advertisements, many placed by Government Departments or agencies on related subjects.

Chief Constable Mike Culverhouse said:

‘Whereas it is wonderful to live in such a peaceful environment where crime levels are so low, people can be so complacent that relatively simple crime prevention advice is ignored. A disproportionate amount of crime could so easily be prevented if people locked their cars and ensured their property was secure. In fact, we estimate that at least a third of all Island crime is easily preventable and what that means is that there could be at least 1,500 fewer victims of crime each year if the advice in our latest Community Safety Handbook was adhered to.
‘We are committed to public protection and community safety and protecting the high quality of life that residents and visitors enjoy. The Booklet is evidence of this commitment and I do hope that people will take ten minutes to read it and think a little more about protecting their property. The incentive for doing so is to significantly reduce the risks of an unpleasant, unnecessary and perhaps costly experience of being a victim of crime.’

The Department of Home Affairs is grateful to Constable Mike Radcliffe who co-ordinated the booklet, Adrian Cain, Manx Language Officer of the Manx Heritage Foundation, for providing Manx translations for headings used in the booklet and everyone who contributed.

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