Pannal praised for reduction in crime

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The people of Pannal have been thanked for their contribution to crime reduction in the area.

When the Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership visited the village with a mobile exhibition, enthusiastic residents turned out in force to listen and learn about what they can do to keep their property safe and secure.

More than 150 people of all ages turned out, one elderly lady even coming by taxi to collect her information pack.

Coun Nick Brown, cabinet member for Public Protection and Rural Affairs, said that the support for this sort of event would help make sure the Harrogate district remained a low-crime area.

He added: “Rather than raising the fear of crime, this event demonstrated that people are willing to take responsibility for their property and to be ever vigilant.

“Sometimes it is just a reminder that is needed and for those who wanted advice on how to secure their homes and property it was readily available for them right in the heart of their own village.

“The Partnership is planning more of these events during the coming months. I hope other residents will be as enthusiastic.

“Together we can reduce the opportunity for crime and beat the burglar – it is as easy as keeping keys safe, locking doors and windows and keeping valuables out of sight.”

Local councillors thanked the Partnership for the work it had done in their ward, which received strong support from residents.