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SSHA and South Staffs Police help local residents stay safe this winter

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) is helping elderly and more vulnerable people in South Staffordshire to feel safe in their homes by offering security advice and complimentary alarms.

As part of the Staffordshire Police Rural Alarms Scheme, the SSHA, together with Local Police Community Officers (PC 4830 Andy Smith and PSCO 8853 Adrian Price) have been visiting local groups and organisations to give advice about keeping safe this winter.

In addition, with the help from local businesses, the team were able to provide free personal attack, window and door alarms to assist residents in feeling more confident to live independently.

PC Andy Smith explains: “Crime in these areas is extremely low, but despite this, many elderly people feel vulnerable, especially when living alone. These alarms help people make their homes less inviting to criminals and therefore offers great peace of mind.”

So far, more than 45 people have benefited from the scheme and in excess of 150 alarms have been handed out throughout South Staffordshire.

Laura Hart, SSHA neighbourhood services team leader adds: “It’s essential that we all understand the importance of keeping our homes secure and that really, it doesn’t take much more than following a few basic tips and fitting locks and alarms for reassurance and comfort when at home. We are delighted to have worked with the Police to help people in these areas and across South Staffordshire with this scheme.”

Photo shows PC 4830 Andy Smith and PSCO 8853 Adrian Price giving alarms with res