Derbyshire burglar alarm scheme extended

A scheme to protect burglary victims across Derbyshire from further crime is to be extended.

So far 374 homes have been given cut-price burglar alarms under the scheme run by the county council.

Homeowners are asked to contribute £75 towards the cost of having an alarm fitted. It is free if they receive benefits.

Derbyshire County Council has set aside £120,000 to allow the scheme to continue for the next 12 months.

The authority said latest figures showed that 95% of people who have had an alarm fitted have not been targeted by burglars again.

'Devastated by burglary'

Councillor Carol Hart, the county council's cabinet member for public health, said: "This project's success has been hugely important for residents who've been emotionally and financially devastated by burglary.

"People who have had an alarm fitted told us they also felt safer and less worried about crime which we know is a major consideration affecting their quality of life."

The burglar alarm project was launched in Chesterfield in 2005 where police figures showed the highest number of break-ins.

It was extended in 2007 to North East Derbyshire and Bolsover and to Amber Valley, Erewash, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales and High Peak in 2008.

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