Securing Homes in Cambridgeshire Since 2001

The Work We Do


About The Bobby Scheme

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The Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust is a registered charity formed in 1999 to improve community safety in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust is a registered charity which was formed in 1999 to improve community safety in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The name of the Trust reflects the fact that two organisations were primarily responsible for its creation – Cambridgeshire Constabulary and The Office of High Sheriff. The Bobby Scheme was established in 2001 by the Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust and so far, has helped secure over 34,000 homes.

The Bobby Scheme’s aim is to reduce crime and the fear of crime, of older, vulnerable, and disabled people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, thereby improving their quality of life, personal safety, and increasing independence.


Could You Help Support Us?

Our vital service relies on public donations to help keep us operating and supporting vulnerable people in their homes. We are grateful for any contributions made, thank you.


What We Provide For Residents

The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme, now in its twenty second year, has helped more than 35,000 older, vulnerable, and disabled people who were either the victims of burglary, domestic abuse, or another crime, or who are were concerned about home or personal security.

All crimes in Cambridgeshire involving people aged over 60 are referred to the Bobby Scheme by Cambridgeshire Constabulary. The Bobby Scheme’s experienced crime prevention staff can assist and reassure in whatever situation has occurred.

Our staff deal with a diverse range of situations, providing peace of mind to victims affected by burglary, robbery, theft, or those who may have fallen prey to scammers or rogue traders. Other situations may include assisting with anti-social behaviour or cuckooing.

Installing various home protection devices such as door chains and/or spyholes to empower the elderly against unwelcome callers. Or undertaking lock changes, securing gates and outbuildings such as garden sheds to protect against theft of property. These are just a sample of the many devices installed.

There is no charge for the service or devices provided by the Trust to these victims.

The security devices used are diverse and are Secure by Design SBD’s product-based accreditation scheme – the Police Preferred Specification - provides a recognised standard.

The service, including devices*, is also available to non-victims and are charged at £65 (*does not include RING products).

Ring Video Doorbells and Ring Always Home Installations POA (products supplied and installed at a subsidised cost).

Supply and installation of key safes (SBD police accredited) to give family, carers, or emergency services quicker access to homes of disabled people are available and charged at £75.

Overgrown gardens and fence repairs to assist in crime prevention POA

Our Services - About


Securing Homes, Easing Minds

Doors & Window Security

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Doors & Window Security

Installing effective locks and ensuring home entry points are secure

Police Accredited Keysafe Boxes

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Police Accredited Keysafe Boxes

A secure solution to keeping your home locked and yourself safe

Intruder & Scam Safety Advice

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Intruder & Scam Safety Advice

We provide free advice on how to keep intruders and scams at bay.


How We Operate

A skilled bobby will visit, advise and install whatever is needed in the way of locks, door chains, bolts, window alarms and more recently Ring products used in conjunction with WI-FI and smart devices.

The Scheme is a crime reduction programme and our work is aimed to help victims overcome the shock of crime and restore self–confidence, health and well-being. Our feedback tells us that 100% of elderly victims we visit have increased feelings of security and are better able to cope with everyday life.

We are fully trained to advise, give guidance and signpost to other agencies. We are the 1st practical and tangible help victims receive of which there is NO other charity or service which offers this level of valuable support at no cost to the victim.

Our support enables many older people to live independently for longer than they otherwise might. The scheme can reduce the rate at which elderly or vulnerable victims of crime believe they are unsafe in their own homes rather than transferring to an alternative abode or refuge care. 

The detrimental effects of moving home after such trauma are immense on any victim of any age with many out-of-control ripple effects. For these reasons, together with the wider crime reduction benefits, the scheme is widely acknowledged to be an effective and beneficial programme for victims to cope and recover from their trauma.

Following our visit victims feel empowered and confident to continue with day-to-day chores and return to being socially active within their community. Our visits contribute to the victims gaining confidence with the peace of mind to leave their homes in the knowledge that they are secure, thus allowing them to remain independent.

The Scheme operates throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, maintaining an urgent response for victims which has significantly reduced the repeat victimisation rate of the people it has visited. Our repeat victimisation rate is less than 1%.

Our Team

Our Team Members

Perri Selwood

Perri Selwood

Trust Manager

Perri has been with the Scheme for 6 years. Perri’s background is mainly commercial, specialising in management and business development. Perri also has teaching and assessor qualifications and has worked within the educational system and the local authority.

Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson


Jo has been with the Scheme for over 4 years. Her background is in customer services and administration in libraries and heritage; she has also worked for children’s services in a local authority and for a company of chartered surveyors.

Jon Morris

Jon Morris

Security Advisor/Installer

Jon is a retired Police Officer has been in post as a security advisor for the for The Bobby Scheme since last year. Prior to this Jon worked for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, retiring after 26 years of service. Before this Jon was served in the RAF as an aircraft technician.

Both Jo and Perri are part-time. There is an answerphone if they are not in the office so please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

All staff are CRB checked and vetted by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Living Wage Foundation

As an accredited Living Wage Employer, we go above and beyond the government minimum.

We take a stand to ensure all your employees can earn a wage which is enough to live on.

Patron & Trustees

Our Patron & Trustees



Julie Spence OBE QPM, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire



Judy Pearson OBE DL
Vice Chair
Benjamyn Damazer JP DL
Chief Constable
Nick Dean
High Sheriff
Dr Bharatkumar N Khetani 

Other Trustees

Other Trustees

Richard Barnwell DL 

Linda Fairbrother

Caroline Bewes DL

Jennifer Crompton DL 

Sarah Hughes JP

Alex Schaafsma


Agencies we work and partners who support our charity

The importance of The Bobby Scheme is recognised by our partners. We work alongside various agencies mainly by way of referral to provide a well-rounded service to victims and residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The cost of the Bobby Scheme is estimated at £270 to work at each home.  Being a very small charity we are continually seeking funding to support the work we do.  We would therefore welcome any financial support that you, your association or your company could provide to enable us to help more of our communities and residents.

Opportunities exist for commercial organisations to sponsor The Bobby Scheme.  Details are available from the Trust Manager at:

We are immensely grateful for donations of any size from individuals, societies, clubs, or charitable trusts.


Useful & Important Links

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue

Age UK

Crime Stoppers

Safe Local Trades

Neighbourhood Watch (Peterborough)

Citizens Advice Bureau

Cambs Victim Services