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Doorstep Security Stepped up in Horden

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Resident with Zoe McGrath, Morrison Resident with Zoe McGrath, Morrison

Residents in the Horden area of County Durham have been given first hand advice on how to stay safe in their homes, thanks to a project which aims to raise awareness of the risk of doorstep crime. 

The National Doorstep project, which is run by repairs and maintenance service provider Morrison, provides tips and advice on how to deal with bogus callers, distraction burglary and rogue traders, as well as fitting door security packs to help protect residents in their homes.

This is the second time that the project has been run by Morrison in County Durham this year, after it was piloted in the Shotton Colliery area in March. After receiving positive feedback from residents and its client East Durham Homes, Morrison decided to expand the project to Horden.

During the course of the day representatives from Morrison targeted three areas of Horden; Eden Vale Estate, Roseby Road and Sunderland Road Bungalows, providing advice to residents and inviting them to have door security measures fitted to their homes. The police also provided residents with door chimes, shed alarms, personal alarms and electric timers for lamps, as extra measures to keep bogus callers and burglars at bay.

A large number of residents were visited during the day and 30 properties benefitted from having door chains and mirrors fitted to help protect against bogus callers and burglars.

An information zone was also set up at the Roseby Road Community Centre to enable residents to come and talk about safety in their home with representatives from several different organisations, including Morrison, the local Police’s Anti Social Behaviour Team and landlord East Durham Homes.

In addition, Morrison also provided a skip for local residents to dispose of any large items of rubbish and carried out a clean up of the surrounding area. 

Zoe McGrath, Resident Liaison Manager, Morrison said: “Bogus caller crime is a terrible thing and can ruin its victims lives by making them feel unsafe in their home. Through the National Doorstep project we aim to make residents aware of the real dangers of this crime, as well as equipping them so they can protect themselves.

“Both the sessions in Shotton and Horden have been very successful and we look forward to being able to carryout more doorstep projects next year.”

Julie Dower, Customer Involvement Manager, East Durham Homes said: “The National Doorstep Project is an extremely valuable initiative that deals with a prominent concern for our residents. We look forward to working with Morrison to roll this project out even further across our communities.”

The National Doorstep Project is an initiative being rolled out by Morrison as part of its commitment to creating safer communities. The idea originally came from Merseyside, where a local resident’s network piloted the project after a pensioner was brutally attack in her home by a bogus caller. Morrison in partnership with the Merseyside Residents Network has already fitted over 3000 door mirrors to homes in the North West.

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