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Hampshire scheme completes 17,500 home visits in bid to make vulnerable people feel safer

The Bobby Scheme in Hampshire is celebrating 21 years of helping vulnerable people and victims of crime who've felt unsafe in their homes.

The scheme, which is run by The Blue Lamp Trust, organises visits to vulnerable people and those who've been victims of crimes such as burglary and domestic abuse to give advice, reassurance and restore a sense of security within their own homes.

Charity, The Blue Lamp Trust, funds the activities of the scheme through sponsorship, donations, and its commercial arm which provides advanced driver training for businesses and assessments for taxi licence applicants and private hire car drivers.

Theresa Pratt, who's the General Manager of the not-for-profit organisation, told us that the schemes been a resounding success since its conception in 1998: "We've visited over 17,500 people and to our knowledge, none of those people have been a victim of crime or a repeat victim of crime, so we count that as a success."

The Bobby Scheme is supported and accredited by Hampshire Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

It also wouldn't be possible without sponsorship and support from a whole host of local businesses and organisations.

Olivia Pinkney, who's the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, told us why this scheme's so important: "Crime when it happens to you is so so dreadful, particularly if it happens in your own home, it's really invasive.

"And it can really affect people's confidence, not everyone I accept that, we're all different.

"But many people do find their confidence affected so this can be a really important step both in helping them be safe but also feel safe."

Anyone who believes they fit the criteria for a visit by a Bobby Scheme fitter can contact The Blue Lamp Trust via their website or over the phone.

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