At this month's Pewsey Vale U3A social meeting, we were treated to an interesting and enlightening talk by Mick Leighfield of the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.
The Trust started in 1998 on a charitable basis, with the Duchess of Cornwall as patron, delivering a free home security service for the elderly and vulnerable people throughout Wiltshire. Funding is by donation, with annual cost of around £240,000 for the 3 vans which cover Wiltshire.
The focus of the talk is home security at the basic level, no alarms, no cctv, and no electronics to understand. Mick explained that the team will visit your property and carry out Security Checks and Fire Prevention surveys. Referrals can be personal (see web address below) or from various local services. Subject to the results of the surveys, upgrades to the properties security and fire detection systems will be installed. The Trust also addresses improved security in domestic abuse cases, although these referrals are only accepted from local agencies.
A thoroughly interesting presentation and well received by members who gathered around Mick at the end of his presentation for a more detailed examination of the available security upgrades. More information can be found at https://wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk/