The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust
Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust provides a free of charge home security service for elderly,
disabled and disadvantaged people in
Wiltshire and Swindon who are at particular risk
of burglary, have been a victim of house crime, or are subject to aggressive
behaviour from family members or ex partners.
come from Wiltshire Police (mandatory in cases involving victims over the age
of 60), Age Concern, Social Services, Anchor Staying Put, and others who
recognise the important work we do to protect the vulnerable. After a burglary, we fix forced entry points
and strengthen properties from repeat attack.
Homeowners are advised how to improve home protection and offered
guidance on deterring doorstep callers and distraction thieves.
endeavours to make its work proactive, strengthening homes against intrusion in
the first place and encouraging susceptible people to be visitor-aware. Although responding to burglary incidents
takes precedence, we carry out free home security assessments for any homeowner
in Wiltshire and Swindon over the age of 60
who requests one. It’s often the case we
are asked to visit homes of the elderly when a spouse has died and a person has
to adjust to living alone for the first time, in an especially frail emotional
with Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, the Trust also carries out fire risk
assessments and discusses fire safety and emergency exit strategies with
clients. Smoke detectors are fitted or
We work with
district councils operating the Sanctuary Scheme to improve security in homes
where an aggressor is likely to make an unwelcome visit, such as when an
abusive relationship has ended but the dominating partner keeps coming round to
cause trouble. In extreme circumstances,
the Trust installs a safe room strong enough to withstand force until the police
arrive after being called from a dedicated telephone line inside. Having an immediate ‘bolt-hole’ to run to if
a difficult situation occurs gives enormous relief to people living in fear. This reduces the need for families to move
house away from violent ex-partners and prevents disruption on the lives and
education of affected children.
Bobby operators are skilled carpenters,
lockfitters and trained crime reduction officers, experienced in taking
practical steps to secure properties taking into consideration the individual
requirements and physical limitations of each client. Our three operators drive highly-equipped
transit vans, visiting a total of 1,200 clients each year, installing security
fittings such as door and window locks, door chains, mirrors and viewers.
We assist people with
limited mobility who cannot get to their front door without difficulty by offering
a key safe to enable known carers to access a house themselves. We can also install motion-triggered gadgets
which give an audible reminder to check that callers are known before opening
the front door, or to prompt the homeowner to ensure all doors are locked and
heating appliances are turned off before they go to bed at night.
Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust was the first of its kind to be set up in the UK and its
success prompted the introduction of similar projects around the country.
We receive little government funding and constantly strive to raise funds by
applying for grants and running a programme of fundraising events such as themed
balls, prize raffles, cookery evenings, garden events, clay shoots, clothes and
jewellery sales, sponsored runs and quiz nights. All support given to The Wiltshire Bobby Van
Trust by individuals, councils and charitable trusts is highly appreciated and
acknowledged where appropriate.
2008 The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust celebrated its tenth anniversary with a
party attended by our patron, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, delighted to reinforce
her ongoing enthusiastic encouragement.
information, please visit: www.wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk