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Published by Heather Jacklin for Accent Group in Housing

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Accent joins forces with Cleveland Police to help stop theft in Hartlepool

Housing association Accent North East, part of Accent Group, is working with Cleveland Police to help reduce the number of burglaries in Hartlepool. 

The association faces a particular problem with the theft of boilers from empty homes which are waiting to be re-let. Boilers are often stolen to order, but even the people who receive them are at risk from the thieves’ excessive charges and the dangers of having them installed by unqualified fitters.  

Accent’s local Anti-social Behaviour Officer Clive Ledner said: “The thefts leave us with bills which can run into thousands of pounds, not just from the theft of the boiler itself, but also from the damage the thieves’ cause which we have to repair. The thefts also put nearby homeowners at risk. This is why we are working with the police to help crack down on boiler thefts, and other burglaries across Hartlepool, which are making residents’ lives in the local community a misery.”

Accent is now using Datatag, tiny electronic devices, which can be easily fitted to boilers and radiators to help the police identify where any stolen boilers recovered have been taken from.

Mr Ledner added: “Thieves need to be aware that we are using improved security measures to deter boiler theft. If they steal an Accent boiler, there is now a much greater chance that they, or the person they pass it on to, will get caught by the police”.

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