A NEW scheme to protect people from burglars is being launched in Kirklees tomorrow.
The scheme helps victims of burglary to boost security in their homes to reduce the chance of a repeat attack.
Once a burglary victim has contacted the police, they will be visited by a scene of crime officer.
That officer will then contact Kirklees Community Safety Partnership, which co-ordinates the scheme.
Officers from the partnership will then contact a team of joiners - who are all registered with the scheme, carry identification and have been trained by Victim Support.
They will carry out work free of charge to the house and neighbouring properties, such as fitting new locks to doors and windows, installing door jammers and, where appropriate, care phones.
Kirklees Council will also examine how security could be improved around the property.
The scheme also offers help to neighbours of people who have been burgled.
Research conducted by the University of Huddersfield shows that if someone has been burgled it increases their neighbours' chances of being targeted.
Clr Ann Raistrick, chairwoman of Kirklees Community Safety Partnership, welcomed the scheme.
She said: "It makes sense to improve security on these properties to make it much more difficult for the burglar.
"This is an innovative way of target hardening and is much welcomed. I look forward to seeing the results over time."
In Huddersfield, the Kirklees Partnership has £15m to channel into areas which need regenerating, including Birkby, Fartown, Crosland Moor, Deighton, Brackenhall, Bradley, Lockwood, Thornton Lodge, Milnsbridge, Paddock, Newsome, Primrose Hill, Lowerhouses and Ashenhurst.
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