Dales alarm project extended

A project to protect burglary victims across the Dales from further crime is being extended.

So far 374 homes in Derbyshire have been given cut-price burglar alarms under the scheme run by Derbyshire County Council.

And latest figures show that 95 per cent of people who have had an alarm fitted have not been targeted by burglars again.

Now the county council is setting aside £120,000 to allow the scheme to continue for the next 12 months.

It will pay for around 266 alarms for burglary victims who are referred to the project by a police officer.

Homeowners are asked to contribute £75 towards the cost of having an alarm fitted. It is free if they are receiving benefits.

Latest figures show a seven per cent drop in burglaries across Derbyshire from 2,670 in 2009/10 to 2,477 in 2010/11.

Home Office figures estimate that the average cost of a burglary is £3,268 per household.

The burglar alarm project was launched in Chesterfield in 2005 where police figures showed the highest number of break-ins.

Following its success it was extended in 2007 to North East Derbyshire and Bolsover and to Amber Valley, Erewash, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales and High Peak in 2008.