What is Leicestershire & Rutland Crimebeat?
Leicestershire & Rutland Crimebeat was set up in 1993 by the then High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Robin Murray-Philipson and became a registered charity in 2001. Supported by local authorities and successive Chief Constables, from inception to 2005 the charity awarded grants to young peoples groups enabling them to develop their own community safety initiatives.
In 2005, Crimebeat switched its focus to developing Warning Zone.
What is Warning Zone?
First opened in October 2006, Warning Zone is now the flagship project of Leicestershire & Rutland Crimebeat, the adopted charity of the respective High Sheriffs during their year in office. Warning Zone is an exciting interactive education centre that is unique in the East Midlands region.
Warning Zone aims to provide an outstanding and relevant educational resource, teaching vital safety messages to Year 6 pupils (10/11 year olds) and other vulnerable groups. This safe and interactive experience brings together expertise, information and support from across the public and private sectors to take a positive step towards the prevention of unnecessary and avoidable injury and death.
Additionally, at 10 years of age, children are beginning to take decisions that not only affect their safety; their actions can also affect the lives of other people. Our young visitors learn that they are responsible for their actions under criminal law and can be arrested for unlawful and anti-social behaviour. Peer pressure is recognised as a key influence upon the safety and well-being of children and young people and is an important aspect of our work.
Although Year 6 pupils are our core target group, we are developing safety related programmes for other vulnerable groups.
How do we achieve this?
Education by Experience. Warning Zone is an education centre made up of 8 set-piece scenarios. Each incorporates realistic settings, inter-active equipment and special effects. Visitors are in small groups of 6, led by trained volunteers and there are no paper and pens, everything being hands-on, visual and experiential. This is not about wrapping children in cotton wool, rather presenting the plain and honest facts in a memorable and understandable way in order to encourage responsible behaviour and safe decision making.
For more information on what we do, how to book and for up to date news, see our website at www.warningzone.org.uk