04 October 2012
Rochford District Council advice on burglar alarms
Rochford District Council has been told that some residents have been receiving telephone calls from a company selling burglar alarms.
The callers have said that the company are selling burglar alarms by saying that the number of burglaries in the area has risen.
The Council would like to point out that this is not true. The number of burglaries has not risen in the Rochford District, in fact between April and August 2012 there was a 14.7 per cent drop in domestic burglary offences in the District compared to the previous year.
As well as this, the Council would also like residents to know that if they are thinking of getting a burglar alarm fitted then they should get in touch with their local crime prevention officer who can offer free and impartial advice on the most appropriate system for their needs.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Young Persons, Adult Services, Community Care and Well-Being, Health and Community Safety, Councillor Mrs Jo McPherson, said: “As a local authority we always want our residents to feel safe and secure.
We aren’t helped when they are told things that are frankly untrue. The number of domestic burglaries in the area hasn’t risen, indeed they have fallen. The Rochford District is still one of the safest places to live with the lowest crime rate in the county. Furthermore, I’d actively encourage residents who are thinking of buying a burglar alarm to take advantage of the free, impartial advice offered by their local crime prevention officer who can advise on the most suitable way they can keep their home safe. I’d also advise residents to read the Autumn edition of Rochford District Matters where we have put some tips about simple steps you can take to beat the burglars.”
The Crime Prevention Officer for the Rochford District is Michael Armstrong who can be contacted on the Essex Police non-emergency telephone number 101.