PCC funds £200,000 se­cu­rity plan

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AL­MOST £200,000 will be spent on in­stalling cam­eras and bol­ster­ing se­cu­rity to tackle bur­glary in one Skelmers­dale ward.

The money comes from Home Of­fice fund­ing se­cured by Lan­cashire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, Clive Grun­shaw.

More than £700,000 was awarded to the county, with about £200,000 be­ing spent in Birch Green and about £550,000 in Burn­ley.

The fund­ing will go to­wards a range of crime cut­ting mea­sures in­clud­ing in­stalling CCTV, al­ley­gates, im­proved back gates and doors to prop­er­ties where the ex­ist­ing ones are sub­stan­dard, and mo­tion sen­sor lights.

The new CCTV sys­tems will cover public ar­eas and will be op­er­ated by the lo­cal coun­cil.

The pack­age of mea­sures will aim to re­duce crime in ar­eas where bur­glary and theft have been high­lighted as an is­sue, Mr Grun­shaw said.

He added: “This is wel­come news and the fund­ing will go some way to de­ter­ring bur­glary, thefts and other crimes.

“I am con­sis­tently told by Lan­cashire res­i­dents that tack­ling theft and bur­glary in their ar­eas should be a pri­or­ity for Lan­cashire po­lice.

“These crime pre­ven­tion mea­sures are proven to work and will make crim­i­nals think twice be­fore en­gag­ing in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties. It was clear from re­search done by my of­fice that sim­ple mea­sures such as al­ley gates, CCTV and bet­ter locks on doors can re­duce crime sig­nif­i­cantly.

“I want the peo­ple of Lan­cashire to feel safe in their com­mu­ni­ties and homes. Know­ing that these pre­ven­tion mea­sures are in place will go some way to do­ing that.”

CCTV in Birch Green is be­ing funded by PCC Clive Grun­shaw, left

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