Scamwise - Success Story

Scamwise Chard

Events were held as part of the Scamwise Project run by the Partnership, were paid for with funding set aside from recovered criminal assets through the Community Cashback Scheme 09/10.

Over 600 residents enjoyed performances held at Somerset, South Petherton, Yeovil, Wincanton, Crewkerne and Chard with feedback showing that the vast majority felt better informed on how to avoid becoming a victim at the end of the show.

Comments ranged from "Very refreshing to have the message in an act rather than being talked at. Well done to the team" to "I thoroughly enjoyed it, it is wonderful what you are doing to help us people."

Each event was led by the local Safer, Stronger Neighbourhood Team and audiences were able to meet Trading Standards, The Bobby Van, Neighbourhood Watch, Home Aid Partnership, Somerset Direct, Careline, Digital Switchover, Yarlington Housing Group, South West Illegal Money Lending Team, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, 50+ and Pensioners Forums.

The Community Cashback funding was the result of a successful application by the Partnership and resulted in more funding coming to South Somerset and Mendip than anywhere else in the country.

Cllr Tony Fife, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety At South Somerset District Council said, "We are fortunate to have a low crime rate in South Somerset but scams do occur in our area. We need to be educating people as prevention is better than cure. These events have made people more aware of how to avoid becoming a victim but in an entertaining way."

Sergeant Andy Lloyd of Avon and Somerset Constabulary added, "I am really pleased we have been able to run these events across the whole of South Somerset. I am determined to make our communities as safe as possible and providing crime reduction opportunities like this is very important to me. I am convinced that what all the partners from the community safety partnership have delivered this week will significantly increase public confidence and heighten the community's awareness of SCAM offences."

Jacqui Churchill and Denise Dunford of the Partnership at South Somerset District Council, who helped organise the events said, "We are pleased that the message could be delivered in such an entertaining way without raising the fear of crime. I'd like to thank Yarlington Houseing Group for handling the bookings, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for providing transport for those in need, WI groups for refreshments and a huge thanks to the many businesses, large and small, throughout the area that gave raffle prizes. Many thanks to our police and agency colleagues who helped make it an enjoyable experience for all those that attended."

St Margaret's Hospice also benefited from the events when prizes were kindly donated by local businesses throughout the area to police officers for the raffle. At the last event a cheque for £610 was presented to Geoff Lucas a volunteer from St Margaret's by Sgt Andy Lloyd.

For a free Scamwise booklet and door sticker please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 456 7000