25 June 2005

Belfast Telegraph

Elderly urged to 'lock out crime'

25 June 2005

Elderly residents across Armagh are being encouraged to take advantage of a "Lock Out Crime" initiative.

The scheme is open to householders whether living in public or private property.

The project's implementation is being overseen by the NI Housing Executive District Office maintenance teams. The entire programme will take roughly two years to complete. Eligible elderly people are being offered a specific package of measures namely front and back door mortice locks, front door restrictor bar or chain, window locks to "accessible" windows, front door peephole viewers and bulkhead lighting to the front and rear of their homes.

All eligible persons are being contacted by post.

Encouraging people to take up the scheme the Executive's district manager in Armagh, Joyce Dobbin, says it is not often people have the opportunity to benefit from an offer like this.

She added that unfortunately the criteria for participation is strict and only those who meet it will be eligible.

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