Thieves get locked out

[from Hornsey and Crouch End Journal]

Thieves get locked out
29 October 2008
‘OWNERS have a responsibility,’ says Sergeant Ian Pyles

NEW locks on houses in the Harringay Ladder have cut burglaries by 90 per cent, police say.

But they warn residents in bedsits who do not use the new locks – put in as part of a pilot scheme – that they could be inviting break-ins.

Householders welcomed a move to roll out the Chubb lock-fitting drive across yet more streets in Harringay later this year following its success in Wightman Road, Endymion Road and Burgoyne Road.

Ian Sygrave, chairman of the Harringay Ladder Community Safety Partnership, said: “It’s an excellent initiative and the police have really been very thorough but these houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) are still vulnerable.

“I have walked past and seen the doors wide open – and it’s still happening on these roads. If they leave the front door open what can you do?”

Break-ins were cut from 19 to just three in the pilot area in three months since March when the scheme was set up.

Sergeant Ian Pyles, of Harringay Safer Neighbourhoods Team, now hopes to target more burglary hotspots by moving the scheme further along the Ladder, with Seymour Road highlighted as another problem area. He said: “HMOs are one of the reasons why burglary is such a problem in this ward.

“Owners have a responsibility to look after their security. You have got to be responsible and that would probably halve the number of burglaries.”

He is in talks to get a possible £800 funding from Haringey Council to buy door and window locks.


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