A card designed to make vulnerable people more aware of their personal safety, to encourage reporting of a crime – especially hate crime – and to seek help if they need it has been launched by North Wales Police.
The scheme, which was originally launched in the South Wales Police area in 2016, works by helping the cardholder should they need assistance – whether they are lost, if they are a victim of crime or if they are in a situation that means they need some extra support.
The card will hold basic information about the individual such as how they communicate, if they have any health issues and any emergency contacts such as parents or carers.
When an individual registers for a Keep Safe Cymru card they will also be given access to the Police Disability Line. This is a dedicated non-emergency telephone number for people with a disability to use to contact the police. When calling this number the call handler will be aware before they speak to the caller that they have a disability.
This will ensure that the call handler is aware of any additional needs that the caller may have and can pass it onto any policing resource managing their report. This is not an alternative to the emergency 999 service; it is to be used instead of the non-emergency line only.
Officers and staff across the region are now familiarising themselves with the scheme to prepare them for when they come across people in need who may be carrying the card.
Further work will continue over the coming weeks to adapt the scheme to assist veterans.
The scheme can be accessed in a number of ways including:
- Downloading the registration form from the Related Content sidebar. Once completed the registration form can be returned to Keepsafecymru@nthwales.pnn.police.uk.
- Ask for a form to be sent out via post by telephoning 01745 588720
- Contacting North Wales Police via the online webchat quoting ‘Keep Safe Cymru’ card.
- Pick up a leaflet from the following Police Station front counters:
- Colwyn Bay