Campaign to reduce number of wheelie bin thefts and bins

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WARWICKSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service will be leading the way again this year to reduce the number of wheelie bin thefts and fires in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Staff from the County and Borough Councils, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Police will be targeting residents in hot spot areas with some useful information to help prevent this anti-social behaviour.

However households across the county can benefit from their advice.

Safety tips include, putting bins out just in time for collection or if this isn’t possible joining forces with neighbours to put bins out and back after they have been emptied. It also helps to keep bins out of sight in gardens and to avoid overfilling them or leaving rubbish on the floor around them.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, portfolio holder for community protection said: “It is important to remind people that these small actions could stop them being a target for anti-social behaviour.

“As cabinet member for community protection, I fully support projects such as this that work with the community to raise the profile of local issues, and demonstrate how the county council and other public services are working together to help keep residents safe.”

As well as speaking to residents, the team will distribute advice leaflets to homes and visit the homes of known people that have a history of setting small fires.

Ian Tonner, Arson Reduction Manager, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are pleased to be involved in this day and will use the opportunity to remind residents of some simple measures they can take which will help safeguard them against bin fires and other home fire dangers.

“Most home fires start accidentally so remembering not to leave candles unattended or hot pans on the cooker, not to overload sockets, and to unplug electric blankets could seriously reduce the risk to people and their property.”

For more information about this and other community safety initiatives in Warwickshire please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/communitysafety

For community fire safety enquiries please call 01926 466282.