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SEVERAL North Lanarkshire organisations have joined forces to re-launch a project which aims to reduce crime and fear of crime within the home.

The Safer Homes Initiative is back up and running thanks to Morrison Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council.

The multi agency effort is a free service which provides residents with additional safety and security measures.

These include door chains, carbon monoxide detectors, window and door alarms, home safety packs and spy holes to make their homes more secure.

Morrison Scotland was asked to consider delivering the project in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, to help combat burglary and doorstep crime in the district.

The company now manages the initiative and provides a multi skilled operative to install security measures in residents’ homes.

The service is run based on referrals received from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service, Strathclyde Police and the housing and social work departments at North Lanarkshire Council.

The project was originally established in 2001 to create training and increase the employability of people with a wide range of barriers to employment.

Over 20,000 homes were visited as part of the project before a lack of funding put the continued delivery of the project at risk.

Willie Docherty, managing director of Morrison Scotland, said: “When North Lanarkshire Council told us about the Safer Homes Initiative, we were saddened to hear that a project that seemed to be delivering so much for residents had been cut, so when we were approached and asked if we can assist we were more than happy to take it on.

“Underpinning this project is a real community partnership. We are delighted to be assisting North Lanarkshire Council, as well as the fire and police services in their work to create safer neighbourhoods.”

Councillor Jim McCabe, added: “Partnership projects like Safer Homes are vital across communities and make a real difference to our residents. Not only do the safety and security measures being delivered cut crime, they also reduce the fear and anxiety sometimes experienced by vulnerable residents.

“We’re delighted to have Morrison Scotland on board to deliver the Safer Homes Initiative and look forward to helping more people feel safer in their homes.”