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Free alarms to beat burglars

PUBLISHED: 13:22 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 23 August 2010

FREE home alarms are to be given away to 100 residents. Kent police and Gravesham Borough Council plan to give the devices away to residents on Saturday following a pilot scheme in Singlewell last Tuesday. Eligible houses have been leafleted providing d

FREE home alarms are to be given away to 100 residents.

Kent police and Gravesham Borough Council plan to give the devices away to residents on Saturday following a pilot scheme in Singlewell last Tuesday.

Eligible houses have been leafleted providing details of how you can apply, or people can go to Marling Cross Library on the day.

Council member for safety John Cubitt said: "This pilot scheme aims to deter break-ins. We shall be monitoring the results carefully and hope very much that this will be a deterrent to burglars and opportunist thieves."

The scheme is being paid for by the council and Gravesham's Community Safety Unit.

Eight streets, including Apsledene, Ifield Way, Kilndown, Mackenzie Way, Miskin Way, The Hollies, The Glade and Thistledown are included and alarms will be also be installed free of charge.

Detective Inspector Chris Collier said: "The chances of being a victim of burglary are extremely low in north Kent, particularly if you take basic crime prevention measures such as never leaving any doors or windows insecure, and not leaving valuable items on view. The addition of an alarm reduces that risk further still."

Anyone not qualifying for a free alarm but lives in the pilot area can have the system fitted for the discounted price of £155.

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