Unlock a Safer Home with help from Hackney

For Immediate Release

Unlock a Safer Home with help

Victim Support, Hackney Council and the Police have joined up to offer the most vulnerable Hackney residents a chance to secure their property against theft and burglary. For a limited period, from now until March 2010, the Home Office will fund free professional security checks, plus new locks, spyholes and door chains for up to 110 Hackney households per month.

The scheme focuses its efforts on the groups of residents that are most at risk of burglaries. So far, referrals have come from voluntary groups and Housing Associations in Hackney, but according to Samantha Popely, Project Manager at Victim Support, now is the time to spread the word further afield.

Samantha Popely said: “The groups identified for support from our service are victims of burglaries and their neighbours; student households; young adults; older people over 60 and those who have a long-term illness or disability. All of these Hackney residents are welcome to apply for a free security check and upgrade, as there are spaces free for February and March, which is when our funding runs out.”

Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council said: “This is a superb free and simple service that offers security and peace of mind to those most at risk of burglaries. We urge eligible residents to call and take advantage of this opportunity for greater safety at home.”

All trained fitters come from Victim Support, will visit by appointment only and carry identification to prove they are who they say they are. Victim Support has launched the same scheme with Home Office funding, in 18 other London boroughs.

To request a security check, please contact, Margaret Madden or Claudia Oben at Victim Support to arrange an appointment: tel 020 7277 1433. Appointments will be offered on a strictly first come first served basis.