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Security message is on the cards

Festive security messages are being delivered to hundreds of Mansfield homes on Christmas cards designed by school pupils.

One of the cards features a burglar peering in through a house window at a brightly lit Xmas tree with gifts on display beneath it. It was designed by eight-year-old Rebecca Charlton from King Edward's Primary School.

The other shows a Christmas scene with a tree with nothing on or beneath it and it asks What's Missing? This one was created by Melissa Smith, 12, a pupil at Brunts.

The two designs were selected as winners in a competition devised and organised by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC). Scores of entries were submitted by five different schools.

Briefing sheets were provided to the schools concerned to help make those taking part aware of the types of Christmas crime that can happen. MPAC told them it wanted people to follow advice to help ensure they have a happy Christmas and suggested what people should and shouldn't do.

Keep presents, both at home and in vehicles, out of view; make sure doors and windows are locked and alarms set when you go out on Christmas parties and visits; and mark items you give and receive as presents with a security marker, were among the actions suggested.

The cards are being delivered to homes in Mansfield's Partnership Plus areas by police and council officers and wardens as they go about their daily work.

Commenting on the competition, Cllr Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, said: "It is wonderful to see that so many young people entered the competition, this is a great way to make them and others think about security at Christmas."

The winners' schools are each receiving prizes worth £250 and the two pupils are being presented with gift vouchers. MPAC, the police and MDC are all involved in the presentations.

Beales department store in Queen Street has kindly agreed to mount a display featuring all of the entries, so everyone can go along, admire the hard work and pick up some security tips. The designs are on show in the toy department on the first floor - ideally placed for a look as people get on with their Christmas shopping.

Published 07 December 2012

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