§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies his Department has made of the implications for crime prevention of changes in the price of domestic security devices; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
None. However, we are aware that cost may well be a factor in influencing whether or not the public fit domestic security devices. The extent to which this is generally the case is currently being investigated by the Home Office crime prevention unit in the Surrey constabulary area with the assistance of the chief constable.
Moreover, the Home Office standing conference on crime prevention, through its working group on residential burglary, is seeking to devise a low-cost security package to protect residential dwellings which might be purchased by those living in particularly vulnerable areas such as the inner city.