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[18 SEP 98] RUGBY BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Private Guards For Rugby Tower Blocks

Rugby Council is to hire private security guards to patrol two tower blocks in the town. The guards are part of a 184,000 crime prevention scheme to make residents living in Biart Place, near Rugby town centre, feel safe and stop vandalism.

Councillors have agreed to pay for the guards who will man Biart Place's two tower blocks, Green Court and Fairway Court, 24 hours a day. The guards will operate from a reception near the flats. They will monitor close-circuit television cameras and check everyone who comes to the flats. They will only be allowed access once the guards have rung through to residents to get permission to let people in.

A Rugby Council spokesman said:

''At the moment anyone can get into the flats by just hanging around and waiting for someone to open the door. And that is where problems start, because once inside these people cause a lot of damage. This scheme will eliminate this problem.''
 

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CWN / Politics / Rugby Borough Council / 18 Sep 98

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