Police and Marsden staff join forces to tackle crime

The Marsden Building Society's Barrowford Team (from left to right): Branch Manager Jilly Doyle, Tanny Heney and Pauline Swinburn with PCSOs Rosanna Bennet and Nicola Sparks. (S)
The Marsden Building Society's Barrowford Team (from left to right): Branch Manager Jilly Doyle, Tanny Heney and Pauline Swinburn with PCSOs Rosanna Bennet and Nicola Sparks. (S)

Pendle police have linked up with Lancashire’s leading building society the Marsden to run an action week raising awareness of fraud, burglary and how to protect your property.

Local PCSOs visited branches of the Marsden in Barrowford, Colne and Nelson during last week with the hope of engaging with members and alerting them to potential.

Scams can come in many guises, from online dating, door to door cold calling, to phishing emails asking for bank details, but the message is clear. Remember: Think, Check, Act

Insp. Martin Kane

Fraud and anti-burglary literature was available on the day and officers were giving members the opportunity to sign up to Lancashire Police’s service “In the Know”.

The alert service allows Lancashire residents to find out what’s happening in their area.

This includes receiving regular crime updates, information on road closures and learning about what the local neighbourhood policing team is doing.

Barrowford Branch Manager, Jilly Doyle, said: “The events were a great success and many of our members have signed up to ‘In the Know’ as well as learning about top tips on keeping their homes and finances safe.

“As a Society, our members’ safety is a top priority so we were keen to have an event in branch to support this and keep it front of mind.

“Working with our local neighbourhood teams was a pleasure and brought real value to our members.

“As a local business, supporting local initiatives is of great importance to us and we will continue to promote ‘best practises’ in our branches.”

The campaign has the backing of Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

He said: “Prevention is always better than cure and so I think it’s essential we inform Lancashire residents of steps they can take to keep them safe.

Insp. Martin Kane, of Lancashire Police, said: “The focus of the event is all about educating people to be vigilant and to always question anything that doesn’t look or feel right.

“Scams can come in many guises, from online dating, door to door cold calling, to phishing emails asking for bank details, but the message is clear. Remember: Think, Check, Act.”