AROUND 200 residents in Rawthorpe and Dalton are to be given more secure homes.

They will benefit from free security information and equipment in a new project to be launched in Huddersfield.

The new equipment includes dusk to dawn lighting, spyholes, window locks, door bars, light timer switches and purse chains.

They will be fitted in up to 50 homes. Another 140 residents will receive crime prevention information packs.

The £10,000 scheme is a joint initiative between Kirklees Neighbourhood Management, which works in priority areas to tackle local issues, and Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Service.

It is aimed at mainly older people and seeks to combat fear of crime.

The idea came about after consultation with the local community. The equipment and information packs will be issued this month.

Clr Liz Smaje, Kirklees Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Neighbourhood Services, said: “Agencies working in Rawthorpe and Dalton are committed to delivering services which enhance people’s quality of life.

“This scheme is an important part of that and will enable residents to feel safer in the areas where they live.”

Dalton Ward Communities Support Group is also paying for part of the scheme after securing People’s Purse funding. Kirklees Council’s Building Services will fit the equipment.

The move has been welcomed by local residents.

Colin Ward, secretary of Dalton Ward Communities Support Group, said: “Even though crime is falling, people’s fear of it can remain disproportionately high. This is particularly true among older people.

‘‘The equipment and information packs will help people feel more safe and secure.”

Local agencies including the council, the police and housing organisations working in the area, are currently drawing up a list of suitable householders eligible for the security equipment.