Residents and police welcome new home security scheme

leigh secure-2A free home security scheme designed to give vulnerable people in Leigh added peace of mind has been welcomed by police and local residents.

Stop and Lock is an initiative sponsored by Leigh Neighbours, and will initially be rolled out in forty homes across the Leigh Neighbours project area, targeting those residents who are most likely to benefit from the installation of additional security measures in their home.

Local PCSOs have already identified a number of residents who are benefiting from the scheme, including a pensioner with disabilities who was left traumatised after a recent break-in at his home.

“During the course of a typical day, we sometimes come across people who are vulnerable, perhaps as a result of an attempted break-in or a distraction burglary, or simply because of their age or disability,” says PCSO Gabrielle Fitsimons.

“Sadly, the gentleman is still very distressed. It was a particularly disturbing crime because the victim was at home at the time and woke to find thieves rifling through his possessions. We can only imagine how frightening this must have been.

“We’re delighted that Leigh Neighbours has agreed to fund the scheme. We will now be able to refer people for a free home assessment aimed at reducing the risk of crime and the associated fear of crime.”

Open to any resident in the area of Leigh bounded by Railway Road, Atherleigh Way, Leigh Road and Kirkhall Lane, the scheme will provide people with a free home assessment carried out by a registered security tradesman, who will then install appropriate security features free of charge.

If you, or somebody you know who lives in the Leigh Neighbours area, would benefit from this, please contact Leigh Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 7225 or wiganeast@gmp.police.uk

Alternatively come along to Cuppa with a Copper every fourth Wednesday at ASDA in Leigh or to any of the regular police surgeries.

Visit www.gmp.police.uk for more information.