PCC funds £200,000 security plan
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