Barry pupils' competition aims to reduce crime
2:30pm Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
BARRY Comprehensive pupils have been encouraged to enter a competition to design an education pack that aims to reduce crime in the local area.
Business PACT, a scheme that aims to protect Barry businesses from crime, has teamed up with the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Offending Team (YOT) in a bid to launch an education pack about the effects of shoplifting on both the retailer and the shoplifter.
The aim of the project is to help reduce the opportunity for crime and disorder within the community, and for the Business PACT scheme to work with the YOT to promote restorative justice and the triage programme.
Mark Bishop, Nicola Waudby and PC Mel Weaver, from the YOT, along with Business PACT chairman David Sharpe and the then Tesco store manager Mark Allcott, addressed Barry Comprehensive’s Year Seven pupils during one of the school’s morning assembly’s about the education pack.
David Sharpe, who set up the Business PACT scheme in 2005, said: “We spoke to them about anti-social behaviour and retail theft and the impact on their lives now and in the future. We also spoke about who is affected by their actions and the impact on the wider community.”
Both parties have contributed to a cash prize for the competition, which will be awarded to the winning design in the way that the school feels is appropriate.
“The only brief the school has been given is that the pack should be large enough to hold A4 size information sheets and a DVD, and that the logos of all sponsor parties should be included,” said David Sharpe.
“We then have to work with the support and advice of the school to discuss and develop lesson plans to accompany the education pack.
“The plan is to have the education pack available to other schools and initiatives throughout the country via a website at a minimum cost.”
The competition closes on March 22.
To enter contact David Sharpe on firstname.lastname@example.org