An additional 15,000 vulnerable people’s homes are to be secured against
burglary – bringing the number of households helped through a £6.5 million
scheme to 60,000 Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced yesterday.
In April, the Home Office set up a £5 million Safer Homes Fund to pay for
local handy-men to visit the 45,000 homes most in need, including single parent
families and older people, to help them avoid becoming victims of burglary.
93 priority areas saw this first tranche of money spent by July. Now an
extra £1.5 million has been given to 36 community and voluntary organisations
across the country to protect an additional 15,000 extra homes.
Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: “Nationally burglary has fallen by
54% since 1997 but we know that during economic downturns crimes like this can
face upward pressure. The Safer Homes Fund is just one part of our wider
strategy to get on the front foot in tackling this issue. That’s why I’m
delighted to see us helping an extra 15,000 homes belonging to single parent
families and older people. None of this would have been possible without the
community groups who are out there making thousands of homes more secure and I
To coincide with the announcement of additional funding, Mr. Campbell visited
the East Durham Partnership, one of the 36 groups to receive money in the latest
round of grants to see security improvement work being carried out at the home
of local resident Bernadette Collins.
Ms. Collins said: “Since being burgled I have been feeling very scared and
insecure in my home. Now that I know about the Project I am looking forward to
my home being made secure for myself and my children.”
East Durham Partnership Chief Executive Ellen Foxton said:
“The Home Office Safer Homes initiative has enabled East Durham Partnership
Charity to support local residents by using the expertise available through our
apprenticeship scheme. In this great example of Voluntary/Public sector
collaboration, young people from the local community are trained in handyperson
skills which are then deployed to improve the security of local peoples homes.
The service has a twofold benefit in that it introduces much needed security
measures as a deterrent against burglaries and in doing so helps to promote
young people as positive role models.”
To complement the Safer Homes initiative, the Home Office is also taking
tough action against offenders through the Vigilance Programme by providing
additional resources and support to 35 areas across the country to tackle
burglary and robbery as well as cracking down on known offenders.
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