PUPILS from a primary school decided to take the law into their own hands — by designing crime-busting gadgets.
The imaginative children from Year 5 at Red Barn Primary School in Fareham got the chance to show police how to use the gadgets on a recent visit to Fareham Police Station.
Among the group were Maddie Lemoignan and Diwas Purja.
Diwas had brought along his Octocow Piece 2000, which he designed to protect elderly people from intruders in their homes by using a combination of tentacle alarms and 12 cameras.
Diwas, nine, said: ‘When we went on a walk around Portchester with the PCSOs they told me that elderly people are more vulnerable.’
Maddie brought along her Pedal Patrol gadget which is designed to stop thieves stealing bikes by locking the wheels and calling the police.
Maddie, 10, said: ‘If a criminal comes along and they want to steal your bike and they went pedalling off as fast as they can, the wheels would stop, the chain would stop, the pedals would stop and the criminals feet would get locked into pedals and the police would come and get them.’
She said she had been inspired after the PCSOs told her that bicycle theft was the most common crime in Portsmouth.
As part of the school’s project, two PCSOs and a security expert visited and gave talks.
The school set up a crime scene – a shed that had been broken into – and asked pupils to work on ways to protect it.
Impressed by the pupils’ ideas, the PCSOs invited them to spend the morning at Fareham police station.
PCSO Kim Mitchell said: ‘The gadgets are absolutely fantastic, that’s why I wanted to bring them in as I wanted other police officers to see what they’ve been up to. They have worked really hard.’
Teacher Kayleigh Barnes said the project had been popular and that she had been impressed by all of the pupils’ designs.