An interactive new Safer Home complete with modern technology to help visitors prevent and report crime has opened its doors at Bluewater.
Initially consisting of a living room, study and kitchen, the facility replicates a real house or flat and give people the opportunity to experience first-hand how best to protect themselves and their families from harm.
The Safer Home is part-funded by Kent Police and officers are on hand to provide daily crime prevention advice, while a private room at the back of the premises can be used for visitors to report an offence or to discuss sensitive topics such as domestic abuse.
Located on Upper Thames Walk, the facility aims to be a largely paper-free environment and currently includes the following:
· A touch-screen kiosk providing access to digital content including interactive crime maps, videos and more;
· An Apple TV, two mini iPads and an iMac computer that are all interconnected, allowing officers and staff to display content on different screens when necessary;
· Two digital advertising screens to promote crime prevention campaigns and highlight the support available from charities and other partner organisations;
· A PlayStation 4 to educate people about the social networking functions of video game consoles and how to spot the signs of child grooming. The PS4 can also be used by young people while their adults or guardians are speaking to officers.