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Reducing Burglary

by msecadm4921

As part of a campaign to further reduce burglary rates in Manchester, the city council and Greater Manchester Police are offering home security up-grades to city council and housing association tenants, private landlords and owner-occupiers in areas such as Gorton, Longsight, Harpurhey, Withington and Old Moat.

This follows projects in other parts of the city.

As well as free sash and mortice locks, residents may be eligible for door chains, smoke alarms, light timer switches, window locks and personal attack alarms. The security up-grade is free including labour and parts and is offered subject to an assessment by a home security representative.

What they say

Councillor Jim Battle, Lead Member for Manchester’s Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership said: “We aim to see burglary fall by 25 per cent over the next three years and the most effective way of achieving this is to encourage people to take control over their exposure to risk. The majority of burglaries can be prevented through a common sense approach to deter burglars right from the start. Doors and windows should be kept locked wherever possible and valuables and car keys kept out of sight. Our priority is to help the over 60s but any member of the community that feels vulnerable or who has been a victim of burglary should contact us for an assessment. This scheme has already proved successful in other parts of Manchester. We hope to roll the scheme out to other areas next year."

How to call

Call 0161 234 3409 to make an appointment for a security up-grade assessment. Priority is given to high risk areas and following a thorough assessment, the free service is offered on a case by case basis, the council says.

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