Budding young artists across Denbighshire are being set a challenge by police to get creative and design poster which highlights safety in and around the home.
The competition is open to all primary school pupils in the county and is being launched by District Inspector Siobhan Edwards at the beginning of a new school year.
“Its aim is to educate children about security in and around the home as well as raising awareness of vehicle crime,” said Inspector Edwards. “Designing posters seemed an ideal way to get children thinking about the issues and ways to relay messages effectively.”
She added: “By taking part, it’s hoped the pupils’ artwork will help stress the importance of keeping property safe and also reiterate key messages to family and friends and help them and others avoid becoming victims of crime.”
Three age groups have been set (• Year 1 - 2 Foundation Phase, • Year 3 - 4 Key Stage 2 • Year 5 - 6 Key Stage 2 Years) and children are being tasked to create an A4 poster around one of the following three categories:
• Security in the home
• Vehicle crime
• Security around the home
Head teachers have already been made aware of the competition and pupils have until September 27 to submit their entries.
From then on in, a winner from each age group will be chosen by school staff and all winning designs will then be collected. Once in, they will be put before a panel of judges who will select winners who will be invited to an awards ceremony.
Inspector Edwards added: “We hope that as many pupils take part as possible and help make it a success. Each year we as local officers issue countless warnings and advice about keeping items and homes secure. We hope that the children will come up with some great designs that will help us in our forthcoming crime prevention campaigns.”
The winning entries will be printed and distributed across Denbighshire.