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Security help for Sheffield victim

Pictured is Kevin Burgin who is totally blind of Ecclesfield,whose home was burgled after a number of vandalisam incidents on his home

Pictured is Kevin Burgin who is totally blind of Ecclesfield,whose home was burgled after a number of vandalisam incidents on his home

The plight of a blind man whose home in Sheffield was burgled has led to the formation of a Neighbourhood Watch group.

Kevin Burgin, from Ecclesfield, feared he was being targeted because of his disability after a spate of incidents at his bungalow.

The 40-year-old’s home was burgled when he was out one day after the culprit smashed a window to gain entry.

A flowerpot was also hurled at Mr Burgin’s living room window the same day, while, on separate occasions, a glass panel has been smashed on his front door and his kitchen window broken.

He said he felt unsafe in his home and asked Sheffield Council to move him.

But Sheffield city centre-based South Yorkshire Security Solutions has now stepped in to help and installed CCTV cameras, which are monitored 24 hours a day, free of charge.

Mr Burgin said that, after he went public with the crimes, local residents had begun reporting incidents to the police and a public meeting was held.

He said: “Since my case was highlighted the tenants on the estate have also reported a number of anti-social behaviour complaints.

“Last Wednesday, a meeting was held at the local community centre and it was decided to set up a local Neighbourhood Watch group.

“Tenants raised a number of concerns at the meeting including acts of vandalism on properties in the area, a number of sightings of youths hanging around the area acting suspiciously and street lights not working.

“A representative was chosen to be the Neighbourhood Watch coordinator.”

He said council and South Yorkshire Police representatives have visited him at home and he is due to get extra security locks on his windows.

Mr Burgin has also asked for permission to have metal bars installed over his windows.

The council is now switching on street lights earlier at night.

 

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