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Home Security

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the security improvements for homes in high crime areas. [130512]

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the Locks for Pensioners scheme, a two-year programme funded under the Crime Reduction Programme to provide home security upgrades for low income pensioners in areas with burglary rates above the national average. The scheme ran from July 2000 to June 2002 in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA's) Warm Front scheme.The scheme is being evaluated and the report of the evaluation, covering both processes and outcomes, is expected to be published early in 2004.