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Residents praise free home security kits as second round set to start

10:59 am, Friday, 10th February 2023 - 1 year ago

Environment and community safety

RESIDENTS in Grimsby’s East Marsh have praised a Council-led initiative to offer free home security kits to properties in the area.

The Safer Streets project, which is funded by the Home Office, is aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in parts of the borough.

As part of the project, North East Lincolnshire Council have employed Empower Safer Homes to distribute and install free home security equipment to residents in select areas. This includes things like security lighting, window and door locks, alarms, and in some cases, CCTV cameras.

Following the first round of installations, residents benefitting from the kits have spoken out about how the new equipment has made them feel.

One East Marsh Resident, Dan, said “After fitting the security measures, I feel the house and garden are more secure, therefore I’m less anxious.”

Another local resident told how it had meant that he and his dad felt much safer following the installation of home security equipment by Empower.

The reviews come as Empower, working with North East Lincolnshire Council, Humberside Police and Equans, prepare to offer more residents the free security kit.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said he was pleased to see the initiative paying off.

“I’m incredibly pleased that those who have taken up this offer are already feeling safer in their own homes. Nobody should feel unsafe at home, and the whole aim of this project is to make streets and communities feel safer, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and bring communities together to develop solutions.

“Our colleagues will be going out to residents to offer them more of these kits in the coming weeks, so I would encourage residents to take up the offer to avoid missing out.”

Officers from Empower Safer Homes will be visiting properties around Buller Street on the East Marsh on Tuesday 14 February to offer the free security upgrades and free installation, but residents who are interested can contact Empower to find out more.

East Marsh residents can contact Empower to request a visit from a trained technician by calling 01472 268708 (open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm) or by emailing [email protected].

The service including the fitting and equipment used is completely free for all East Marsh residents. As well as providing the home security equipment, Empower are also offering residents practical advice and guidance.

The SAFER Streets 4 project is being funded by the Home Office, and is being delivered by North East Lincolnshire Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, working with partners including Empower Safer Homes, Vanel, Humberside Fire and Rescue, NSPCC, and Humberside Police.

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