Safe as Houses

About the project

‘Safe as Houses’ is a crime reduction initiative funded by Essex Police and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.


SAVS through Turning Tides are delivering personalised information and advice to older people in Southend who are at risk from fraud and postal/door-step scams. Using the Responders List provided by Essex Police, our Safe as Houses project will carry out home visits to those on the list. The list is made up of Southend Households that have been targeted by criminal gangs and organisations.


The initiative is for over 65’s and vulnerable residents living in Southend helping them fight against crime.


Free Home visits are carried out by trained volunteers and involve an informal chat offering advice and information on how to stay safe against scams and raise awareness of how to identify scams.


  • Postal scams
  • Phone scams
  • Doorstep scams
  • Email scams


Aiming to build awareness and resilience within the community and provide reassurance and peace of mind.

Safe as Houses

Aims of the project

1. Reduce the prevalence of fraud in Essex

2. Build resilience of potential victims of fraud

3. Older residents become more aware and informed about fraud

If you would like a free visit from the team of DBS checked volunteers then please contact – Turning Tides on 01702 356070

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Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex


The Commissioner is responsible for strategic direction and oversight of Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service.

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Essex Community Foundation

Essex Community Foundation


ECF is an independent charitable trust improving the quality of life of people in our community by investing and distributing funds on behalf of a wide range of donors.

Since 1996 our donors have distributed over £38 million to voluntary and community organisations, and individuals, across Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

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