60,000 vulnerable homes secured against burglary

Designed to help secure homes against acquisitive crimes the 93 priority areas saw the first £5million issued by July. Now an additional £1.5million has been given to 36 community and voluntary organisations across the country to spend on protecting 15,000 extra homes.

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: "We know that during economic downturns crimes like this can face upward pressure. The Safer Homes Fund is just one part of our wider strategy to get on the front foot in tackling this issue.

"That’s why I’m delighted to see us helping an extra 15,000 homes belonging to single parent families and older people. None of this would have been possible without the community groups who are out there making thousands of homes more secure and I thank them."

ACPO lead on burglary Graeme Gerrard, Chief Constable of Cheshire, said: "ACPO is pleased that more funding has been given to this initiative and every force around the UK remains as committed as ever to tackling domestic burglary. Anyone considering burglary as a career should know that we are coming down very hard on perpetrators and we will continue to do all we can to bring criminals before the courts."

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