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Police in Burnley are urging local businesses to make the most of a council grant scheme which helps firms addresses safety and security issues.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to qualifying small and medium sized businesses in parts of the Daneshouse and Stoneyholme, Bankhall, Brunshaw, Rosehill with Burnley Wood, Trinity and Rosegrove with Lowerhouse wards.

They can be used for:

The installation or upgrading of security alarms
Installation of roller shutters
Provision of improved external lighting
Landscaping improvements (to deter criminals)
Erection of perimeter fencing works
Installation of CCTV subject to agreement of the Crime Prevention Service
Establishment of a security patrol (where a number of businesses are working together).

What they say

Burnley Police Crime Prevention Officer PC Simon Evans said: "urnley is fortunate in that crime levels across the borough are at an all time low. However, keeping them low will be a challenge, which is why we are working hard to make sure that homes and businesses are as safe and secure as they possibly can be. One of the things that frequently prevents businesses from investing in added security is the cost however that needn‚t be the case, certainly for businesses in key areas of Burnley. Grants covering up to 40pc of security costs up to a maximum of £20,000 are now available which could make a massive difference to local businesses.

"If you are a small or medium sized business operating in an Urban II area and you want to avoid the misery and cost of crime, then I‚d definitely urge you to give the council’s regeneration and economic development unit a call to find out more."

Councillor Martin Smith, Burnley Council member with responsibility for Regeneration and Economic Development said: "The application process is simple and the benefits are immediate and long lasting. Ten local businesses have already benefited from a shared £60,000, enabling the installation of CCTV, metal roller shutters, improved fencing and, of course, increased security to their business. With a total of £180,000, this is a great opportunity for business to prevent crime through improved design and to take another strep towards becoming a safer more secure Burnley."

Anyone who is interested in the grants scheme should call Burnley Borough Council regeneration and economic development unit on 01282 664757. The borough secured £0.25m of European funding to help businesses located in business premises within the Urban II area to tackle safety and security issues. Businesses could receive a maximum grant of up to 40pc of eligible costs up a maximum of £20,000 (minimum £1,000.)

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