Knock! Knock! Campaign Alerts Children to Strangers at the Door
January 13, 2015
Prizes have been presented by Cheshire East Council's Trading Standards team to children who designed award-winning posters alerting the community how to deal with doorstep crooks and strangers.
Officers have been visiting schools in Crewe, Nantwich and Middlewich talking to Year Five and Six pupils advising them on how to keep safe in the home when cold called by strangers at the door — this knowledge is then passed to parents, grandparents and elderly relatives and neighbours.
The 'Knock Knock' campaign, now in its fourth year, also alerts children to the kind of people that may come knocking at their door through an interactive website and an activity book designed to help families learn about doorstep safety together.
This year twenty-one schools were visited with presentations made to a total of 792 pupils, the project to date has seen officers attend 59 primary schools and educate 1,835 pupils in Cheshire East.
Many teachers praised the 'effective and engaging' style of the presentations.
Children were then set a task of creating posters messaging some of the lessons they had learnt from the talks.
The posters were then judged by senior members of the council including the council leader and chief executive.
Pupils submitting winning posters received prizes of water bottles, certificates and a calendar.
Council Leader, Michael Jones praised the high standard of designs submitted by the children.
He said: "This is a very engaging and inspirational project and I congratulate my team on the commitment they have shown in helping our young children to understand the risks involved to all when opening their doors to strangers.
"As judges we were very impressed with the quality of the posters and the imagination shown by the children.
"But the most important message from this is that they stay safe."
Maisie Meacock, aged 11, one of the overall winners said: "Not everyone's aware of it. I know of an elderly neighbour who was robbed by workmen who had offered to do some work for her. I was quite surprised at winning."
Issy Beresford, also 11, said "I was very surprised. I have the calendar on my bedroom wall. You really do have to look out who you answer the door to. It's been a thrill to win this."
Other winning schools included Leighton Academy, Crewe, Stapeley Broad Lane in Nantwich and St. Anne's, Nantwich.
Trading Standards are now welcoming interest from other primary schools who would like a visit. For more information or to get your school involved please call/visit: