Light up the night

Leaflet designer Joe Green (2nd left) with (left to right) Steve Cranston and Steve Davies (crime prevention officers) along with Colin Hopkins (crime preventin advisor). Picture by FRANK REID
Leaflet designer Joe Green (2nd left) with (left to right) Steve Cranston and Steve Davies (crime prevention officers) along with Colin Hopkins (crime preventin advisor). Picture by FRANK REID

A CREATIVE college student has joined the fight to cut winter crime.

Talented Joe Green has designed a leaflet to back Cleveland Police’s Light the Night Against Crime campaign.

The Cleveland College of Art and Design student took part in a project that was put forward by officers to help get the message out about the historic increase in property crime during the darker months.

Joe’s leaflet carries advice about using timers, radios and lights to make houses look occupied and carries the message: “If we have noticed that you have left your home in darkness, so would a burglar.”

PC Steve Cranston, a crime prevention officer for the police, met with students at the campus in Church Square, Hartlepool, and explained the campaign and challenged them to come up with an eye-catching and informative leaflet.

He said: “I visited the college and gave them a brief about what we are trying to do and the students came up with a number of designs.

“It has been a work in progress over the last few months and we are delighted with what the students produced.

“They really thought it through and the detail they put in is fantastic. I think the leaflet we have picked gets the message over in a smart and sophisticated way.

“We have been working on a few projects with the college and their support is very much appreciated.”

Police launched their annual campaign last week in time for the clocks going back on Sunday morning.

It sees officers and crime prevention advisors warning residents about the cover that darkness provides thieves.

A number of advice sessions are also being held for people to learn how they can help protect their property.

Crime prevention advisor Colin Hopkins will be at A&G Lighting Showroom, in Ladysmith Street, on the Longhill Industrial Estate, Hartlepool, from 2pm-3pm on Friday, November 4.