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Staying safe in Westcotes at Christmas

Lord Bach and Cllr Russell discuss crime and safety issues

Lord Bach and Cllr Russell discuss crime and safety issues

Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has visited homes in the Westcotes area of Leicester to take a first-hand look at work to improve home security in the run up to Christmas.

Earlier this year, Lord Bach secured £1.5m additional cash for crime prevention in the community, following a successful bid for funding via the Ministry of Justice’s Safer Streets Fund.  The cash is being used to prevent and reduce burglary, theft, and robbery in three areas including the Warwick Way and Dishley Estates in Loughborough, Braunstone Frith, and on the Narborough Road and surrounding streets in Leicester.

Residents in these areas are taking advantage of comprehensive security checks followed, where appropriate, by free installation of protective measures including upgraded door lock and window closures, letter box protection, security lighting and smart timers. The work is being carried out by the Birmingham based company, 24-7 Locks Ltd, which is commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to provide a range of security and target hardening services.

In addition to free home security improvements for residents in the qualifying areas, funding is also being invested in proactive crime prevention and detection tools including CCTV, enhanced street lighting and graffiti removal. The initiative is being delivered in partnership with Leicester City and Charnwood Borough Councils.

Lord Bach was joined on Browning Street, by Westcotes Ward Councillor, Sarah Russell, and 24-7 Locks’ Operations Manager, Nick Bearne. They observed security improvements being carried out at several properties and engaged with residents in a wider discussion on crime and public safety issues affecting the area.

Lord Willy Bach said:

“Sadly, the season of goodwill means little to the thief. At this time of year, extra vigilance is needed to keep us safe from acquisitive crime. Criminals know that there is more in the way of presents, food, drink and other goodies in and around our homes at Christmas.

It’s more important than ever to ensure that doors and windows are securely locked and fastened and that all practical steps are taken to deter thieves at this time of year. Our Safer Streets Initiative is designed to help residents protect their properties and prevent crime. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to deliver this service ahead Christmas.

Cllr Sarah Russell said:

“Burglary rates have fallen in Westcotes, but we must not be complacent. It’s great to see residents taking advantage of Willy Bach’s scheme. From our conversations it’s clear that crime concerns persist. The Leicestershire Police and the City Council are working hard to keep people safe, but we all have a part to play. Lock those doors and windows, close the curtains, and leave a light on when you go out. Finally, look out for your neighbours and if you are a victim of crime, or you see or hear anything suspicious, please report it using the ‘111’ non-emergency number or through the on-line reporting portal on the Leicestershire Police website.”

Eligible households in Westcotes, Braunstone Frith and the Warwick Way and Dishley Estates should have already received a leaflet with further details of what is available and contact details for 24/7 Locks. Those that are unsure if they are within the eligible area can check this out on the PCC’s website



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Posted on Friday 18th December 2020
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