Burglars barred from university

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Posted on 28 January 2011

Security bars will be fitted to windows at a university’s halls of residence as part of a scheme aimed at stopping burglars from stealing students’ property.

Custom-built steel bars will be installed on all 150 ground floor rooms within Horwood Hall at Keele University from Thursday, 3 February.

The £2,000 initiative, funded by Newcastle Safer Communities Partnership, will kick off a £20,000 investment by Keele University and Endsleigh Insurance to fit bars on the remaining 650 ground floor student rooms on campus.

The move comes following an increase in thefts on site, where thieves have targeted secure and insecure windows. Common items stolen include laptops, mobile phones, iPods and games consoles.

David Gray, Head of Security at Keele University, said: “Thieves have taken advantage when students leave windows open and these devices have proved to prevent opportunist access. This support in keeping the campus a safe and secure community is welcomed.”

The bars will be installed by offenders as part of their Community Payback punishment, which is managed in the area by Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust.

Inspector Neil Hulme, from Newcastle Neighbourhood Policing Unit, added: “We’ve been working closely with the partnership to ensure students stay safe. High visibility policing patrols are regularly on campus, 24 hours a day to keep everyone reassured.”

Newcastle Safer Communities Partnership involves a range of local organisations which work together to tackle problems in the borough.

Members include Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire Police, Keele University and Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust.