Scheme to help elderly stay safe in their homes

Dilys Day.

Dilys Day.

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Elderly residents in Ribble Valley can live more safely in their homes thanks to a new initiative, Homewise Safe and Secure.

The project, backed by Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership, is offering a range of home security measures at a low cost and in some cases free.

Items on offer include door bolts, chains and viewers; mortice, snap and sashlocks; door and window alarms.

Costs start from as little as £3 for a mirror plate or £2 for the over-70s up to £45 for a mortice lock, which includes fitting, or just £20 for the over-70s.

And the service is subsidised or even free in some wards, including Longridge, Chipping and Ribchester, and those in the north-east of the borough.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s partnership officer, Dilys Day, said: “Ribble Valley has an above average number of elderly residents living in isolated rural areas that are sometimes targeted by travelling criminals and unscrupulous traders.

“This initiative will improve the security of their properties, helping them to live safely and securely in their own homes.”

Homewise staff are trained by Lancashire Police to undertake crime prevention checks and security surveys of homes, as well as install security measures and anti-distraction burglary kits.

For further information call 01254 232249 or the council on 01200 425111.