FREE security equipment installed in the homes of vulnerable people will improve their quality of life, says a community leader.
And Colin Ward, secretary of Dalton Ward Communities Support Group, said responses to the scheme – which will see 58 homes in Dalton and Rawthorpe fitted with security gear – have been very positive.
The programme, where another 140 residents were issued with crime prevention information packs, is aimed at older people and designed to reduce the fear of crime.
Mr Ward said: “A few simple steps can make people feel safer and reduce their chances of becoming a crime victim. The overall response to the scheme has been very positive.
“The targeted security equipment is being given to people in the area who need it most, and who couldn’t otherwise afford to buy it. That is why it has been selected for the most vulnerable, mainly older residents.
“We spoke to residents as part of a consultation to find out how they felt about crime and asked them what would improve their quality of life. They have welcomed the fact their concerns have been listened to and taken seriously.
“As with anywhere in Kirklees certain residents are more fearful of crime even though it is falling. The installation of security measures in the homes of the most fearful and vulnerable residents will help reduce their fear of crime and improve their quality of life.”
Security equipment and crime prevention information is still available through the support group. Phone Kirklees Neighbourhood Management Team on 01484 221869.
People wanting to get crime prevention advice can contact the crime reduction officer on 0845 6060606.