Alarm rings on burglary rate

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ONE of the biggest concerns people have is the fear of being burgled.

Yet a survey published today reveals that more than one third of us wouldn’t react if we heard someone else’s burglar alarm going off.

It is hardly surprising. After all, what would we do? We would hardly bring ourselves into potential danger by seeing what was going on. And most of us will probably think it is a false alarm – but what if it wasn’t?

The survey suggests a continuing picture of a breakdown in our sense of community. The least we could do is to pick up the phone and call the police.

The survey is published as new figures show an increasing challenge facing our police with the number of house break-ins on the rise – a statistic that is surely only going to get worse because of the recession.

So next time you hear a burglar alarm go off, heed the police advice which is always to make that call – it could be your house next.

Mum’s hard work deserves support

WHAT an extraordinary woman Milena Galisi is.

She is a single mum who has a son with a range of complex and challenging disabilities and she manages to make sure he has a happy life and she works full time as well.

Full of energy and drive, she is passionate about giving little Antonio a good life but chooses not to stay at home. She goes out to work because she has a strong work ethic but points out that might not be possible without her employers at South Yorkshire Housing Association who support her.

Her story shows that the stereotypes of single parents are far from the truth: many mums and dads like Milena work hard every day to give their children the best lives they can. Surely as a society we need to support such families and give them all the help we can. After all, they are bringing up our precious future generation.

A greater goal

FOOTBALL often has the reputation of all take and no give – especially in the multi-million pound world of the Premier League.

But behind the scenes is often to be found great community work, helping people who may be disadvantaged.

At the forefront in Sheffield is Mark Todd who is putting so much back after his career came to an end.

Sport is a great vehicle to encourage social inclusion, education and health – the big boys in football could learn a thing or two from us.