Handiwork scheme will aid victims of burglary

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VICTIMS of burglary or bogus callers are being offered help to have their home security improved.

Northumbria Police is working with Safer Northumberland Partnership and the Age UK ‘Handyvan’ scheme to help residents who are referred for crime prevention assistance, during a pilot scheme.

Crime prevention advisors will visit people in their home and assess what security measures are needed.

This may include door or window locks, door chains or door viewers.

Trained Age UK staff will then install the necessary equipment free of charge.

Those visited will also receive information about how to safeguard against bogus callers.

Chief Inspector Jackie Coleman said: “This is an excellent scheme which targets practical help towards people who have been victims of crime and who need help to reassure them and keep their homes safe.

“Bogus callers can target the more vulnerable members of our communities, including the elderly, and we hope this initiative will raise awareness of crime prevention, helping people to keep their property safe.”

Elizabeth Simpson, day service development manager at Age UK, said: “Age UK Northumberland looks forward to working with the police to give people who have been victims of crime, security and peace of mind in their own home.”

Coun Anita Romer, Northumberland County Council’s executive member for health and public protection, said: “The partnership is committed to the protection of vulnerable people in Northumberland and this ongoing initiative demonstrates that we are not prepared to allow our communities to be targeted repeatedly.”