We'll Help You Beat Distraction Burglars; SAFETY GROUP MAKES HOME-SECURITY OFFER TO VULNERABLE ELDERLY PEOPLE

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), March 18, 2002 | Go to article overview

We'll Help You Beat Distraction Burglars; SAFETY GROUP MAKES HOME-SECURITY OFFER TO VULNERABLE ELDERLY PEOPLE


Byline: HAYLEY CUTHBERTSON Crime Reporter

HUNDREDS of elderly people who feel vulnerable after a spate of crimes against pensioners in Coventry are being urged to get free help in protecting their homes.

The charity Coventry and Warwickshire Community Safety Scheme, based in Adelaide Street, Hillfields, has just taken delivery of the Home Office "distraction burglary toolkit" aimed at easing people's safety worries.

Manager Rob Dickie said hundreds of door chains and bars, spy-holes and easy-view mirrors are now waiting to be allocated to vulnerable pensioners.

The scheme, which has been running for 11 years, works closely with local police and councils, Coventry Action Against Crime and other agencies to try and cut burglary and other crimes in the region.

People over the age of 55, or those who receive benefits, are eligible for a free security inspection of their homes and extra security measures.

Mr Dickie is keen to highlight the services offered by the scheme after a spate of increasingly violent incidents where pensioners have been robbed in their own homes by bogus callers.

He said: "Just before Christmas we were able to secure much-needed funding, and have been in a position to buy hundreds of the tools recommended by the Home Office in their new distraction burglary kit. We hope the extra security measures will help people feel safer in their own homes."

Already, about 20 have had devices fitted to let them see who is at the door.

Anyone who wants to find out more about Coventry and Warwickshire Community Safety Scheme can call Mr Dickie on 024 7623 1714.

Stop and check at the door THE Coventry Older People's Strategy and Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy are working to reduce distraction burglary, and have devised a checklist based on the government's Stop, Chain, Check message. …

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