AUG 00] RUGBY
BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Gates Prove A No Through Road For Burlgars
gates could be put up helping the fight to keep people safe in their
homes with extra AlleyGaters in Rugby.
The borough council
was impressed with the trial scheme in the Windsor Street and Bridge
Street area where alleyways to terraced houses are gated off, so
The AlleyGaters stop
burglars using them to get round the back of houses and break in.
The council is
looking at a new £250,000 project, which should help give 2,000
people in the town better security and help combat the fear of crime.
The gates will only allow residents to gain access.
The council will work
with crime prevention officers to choose areas with crime problems,
and then with the county council and Victim Support to secure the
money for the scheme.
Tom Cudlip, director
of housing and environmental health, said the feedback on the gates
already installed has been ‘very positive’ and explained why they
were introduced to Rugby:
proportion of Rugby’s housing is made up of older-style terraced
“Access to the
rear of the property from the street is achieved by shared always
often serving up to ten or more houses.
“These may also
be inter-linked providing a network of pedestrian thoroughfares
between streets and linking with rear access roads.
“While the alleys
provide essential access for householders, they can also be used by
others to access the rear of the properties for criminal purposes
such as burglary as well as being vulnerable to other anti-social
behaviours, including vandalism, drink and drug abuse, littering and
also provide an escape route for perpetrators of crime.”
The gates have also
been used in Coventry with its Action Against Crime Team.
The AlleyGates were
first used in London and helped cut crime by more than a third.
The idea for more
gates goes before housing councillors on Monday, and then to the
Cabinet for decision.