Start 2005 Safely

A 2005 calendar with pictures drawn by Merton school children has been produced to help promote important safety messages. The calendar will be distributed to partners and community groups in the borough.

Safer Merton, the local Crime and Drugs Reduction Partnership have developed the calendar following the success of a similar initiative last year.

Local schoolchildren were invited to submit pictures depicting a safety message. Safer Merton added three crime prevention tips on how to keep yourself safe in various situations such as preventing your car from being broken into, not talking to strangers and locking up your bike.

Over 350 entries were received with the 12 winners picked by Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierly. On Monday, the winners were given the opportunity to meet the Mayor who presented each of them with a copy of the calendar and various prizes. The meeting was followed by a visit to the CCTV Control Room where they enjoyed watching the borough from behind the cameras.

Established in 1994, Safer Merton’s partners include a range of agencies including the council and police who work together to reduce problems related to crime, anti-social behavior and drug and alcohol misuse.

Copies of the free calendar can be obtained by calling Safer Merton on 020 8545 4720 or emailing safermerton@merton.gov.uk

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