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New crime prevention booklets launched to help people with learning disabilities stay safe

Warks crime preventionA series of crime prevention booklets – created by a man with learning disabilities – have been launched in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The booklets have been created Christopher Langman, who decided he wanted to do something to help other people with learning disabilities following a tour of Stratford-upon-Avon police station.

After reading some of the crime prevention booklets produced by the police, Langman wanted to help share the information with those who may find it hard to understand the advice, also including those who do not speak English as their first language.

Langman was assisted in producing the booklet by his support worker, Natalie Bull, who helped him translate the topics and lay them out in an easy-to-read format. Two of these booklets, focusing on hate crime and home security, have been published and will be made available to residents in the Warwickshire and West Mercia policing areas.

Inspector Julia Brealey, safer neighbourhood inspector for Stratford-upon-Avon, said: “We are always looking for new ways to help our local residents protect themselves and their property from harm. Sometimes people with learning disabilities can find themselves more vulnerable to certain types of crime and these books will be extremely beneficial in helping us to help them.

“We are extremely grateful to Christopher; his hard work will make such a difference to others in the community.”

Langman described the experience of producing the booklets as “hard work but enjoyable and worth it.” He added that he has learnt more about the important subjects he has written about.

Bull said: “Christopher has been extremely enthusiastic in producing these materials that he hopes will benefit others. He has also enhanced his word processing, presentation and internet search results with some of his own photography.”

To view the booklet on hate crime, click here

To view the booklet on home security, click here

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