Home safety and security

The Bobby Scheme

The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme aims to help older and vulnerable people feel safer in their own homes. The 'bobbies' fit security equipment and provide advice to reduce the risk of burglary. This service is free for those who have been burgled.

For a small donation the Bobby Scheme helps improve security for older people who are at high risk or feel vulnerable, and disabled people who live alone. This may include installing peep holes, door chains, window alarms and other security devices. Find out more about the Bobby Scheme.

Safe and Well visits

Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service provides free Safe and Well visits. Firefighters or trained community safety officers can visit your home. They can tell you about:

  • fire safety (they can also provide smoke detectors as necessary)
  • falls prevention
  • alcohol use
  • staying well at home
  • crime reduction, including advice on scam prevention

They will discuss the risks of fire and to look for any visible warning signs. They can also advise carers how to keep themselves and the person they care for safe, in the event of a fire. Safe and Well visits are prioritised according to individual risk.  (Apply below.)


A person who has mental health needs may not always be aware of the dangers to themselves in relation to fire. Storing and hoarding lots of belongings, papers or rubbish can be a fire risk. If you are worried about someone's hoarding, you can arrange for a safe and well visit

To track the progress of your Safe and Well visit application, please contact the Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 917 99 94.