Free alarms to cut crime

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CUT-price burglar alarms are being sold to Derbyshire residents to prevent them from being repeatedly targeted by criminals.

So far 374 homes have been given the alarms under the scheme run by Derbyshire County Council.

Figures show 95 per cent of householders who have had an alarm fitted have not been targeted by burglars again.

Now the county council is setting aside £120,000 to allow the scheme to continue for the next 12 months.

It will pay for around 266 alarms for burglary victims, referred by police.

Homeowners are asked to contribute £75 towards the cost of having an alarm fitted. It is free if they are receiving benefits.

Coun Carol Hart, county council cabinet member for public health, said: “This project’s success has been hugely important for residents who’ve been emotionally and financially devastated by burglary.

“People who had an alarm fitted told us they also felt safer and less worried about crime which we know is a major consideration affecting their quality of life.

“We’re committed to continue working closely with the police and our other partners to reduce burglaries and other crime.”