HC Deb 24 January 2002 vol 378 cc1096-7W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been taken in Coventry to improve the protection of pensioners in their homes from burglary. [28882]

Mr. Denham

[holding answer 21 January 2002]: Coventry is covered by our home security scheme for low-income pensioners living in areas with burglary rates above the national average. This provides security checks and additional security measures where needed for eligible pensioners, including better door locks, window locks, door chains and viewers.

In addition, a total of over £320,000 funding has been provided for five projects in Coventry under the reducing burglary initiative. These projects, while not specifically aimed at the elderly, target local burglary problems and are of benefit to the community as a whole.

Locally, the Coventry Crime and Disorder Partnership is undertaking work on crime against older people (particularly distraction burglary) as part of its wider community safety plans and strategies.