People living in the Whiteleas area of South Shields are being offered a range of home security equipment - and it's absolutely free of charge!
Thanks to a £1,000 grant from the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme operated by South Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police, local householders can have shed alarms, personal attack alarms and vibration detector alarm supplied free.
Door locks, door viewers, door chains, smoke alarms and sash jammers are also available under the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. These items can also be fitted free of charge by the Council's Community Safety Team.
Local Whiteleas Ward Councillor Ernest Gibson is Chairman of the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and he is encouraging local residents to take advantage of the free security equipment.
The mobile neighbourhood police office will be at two locations this week and local people are being encouraged to call in to collect the equipment and to receive advice.
The first free home security session takes place outside the Gainsborough Avenue Day Centre on Friday 31st January between 3pm and 5pm.
The second session takes place outside the Gerald Street residential home for the elderly on Saturday 1st February between 3pm and 5pm.
Community Beat Manager, Sergeant Ritchie Miles and Councillor Gibson will be in attendance at the mobile neighbourhood police office.
Councillor Gibson said: "I would like to encourage local people to take advantage of the free home security scheme. Simple, but affective devices can be fitted to houses and outbuildings and afford improved protection."