Have you been contacted about security upgrades in your home and beighbourhood?
If you live in Cheshunt and you've recently been contacted about free security improvements in your home, this is not a scam. It's part of a new community investment project.
The project is being led by a group of local organisations (including B3Living) following a grant from the Home Office.
We hope the information below answers any additional questions you might have about this scheme. If not, please feel free to contact us on email@example.com or 01992 453700 (and select option 3).
To book your free home security assessment, visit [add link] or call 01707 xxxxxx.
Are the security upgrades really free for residents?
Absolutely. There will be no financial cost to residents for any security upgrades as part of this scheme, either to their own homes or wider local community.
How will the upgrades be paid for?
Funding has been successfully secured for your neighbourhood from a Home Office scheme designed to equip homes and neighbourhoods with the most up-to-date security measures to protect against crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.
Who is involved in this project?
The bid for funding was led by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hertfordshire. The project will be delivered by a partnership of local organisations including the Office of the PCC, Hertfordshire Constabulary, B3Living, Broxbourne Borough Council and Herts Fire and Rescue Service.
Am I obliged to have security upgrades installed in my home?
Your free home security assessment by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) will decide whether upgrades are suitable for your home. Ultimately, it is of course your decision whether any upgrades are fitted in your home. Research does show that homes with ‘secured by design’ security products are 63% less likely to experience a burglary.
The PCSO who visits your home will be accredited in crime prevention. They will explain which specific products would make your home more secure, so that you are completely comfortable with any upgrades before an appointment is made to install them.
Will you need access to my home?
Access will be required for the initial free home security assessment and any subsequent appointment to install new security measures. PCSOs will be in uniform and will carry ID. Government guidelines on Covid-19 will be followed during the course of all visits to maintain your household’s safety.
Will these security upgrades really have any impact on crime?
There is strong evidence that crimes such as burglary can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught.
The funding will be used to install new security measures that focus precisely on these areas, in order to make your home and local neighbourhood safer and more secure.
A partnership of local organisations (including B3Living, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Broxbourne Borough Council, and the Fire and Rescue Service) recently won funding to invest in up-to-date security features for local communities.
If you've received a letter, then your neighbourhood is one of the areas that will benefit.
Your letter will include more information on the type of work that will be happening in your area.
These works will take place over several months, starting from September 2020, and we’ll be in touch again to keep you updated.