The Yorkshire Housing Home Improvement Agency (HIA) based in Sheffield has secured a grant of £4,970. The funding will help improve home security for some of most vulnerable people living in South Yorkshire.

The monies are from the South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner ‘Community Grant Scheme’. It will help local people make their homes become safer and feel more secure.

The Yorkshire Housing HIA will install security measures for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable in Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield who may be at risk of burglary. The funding runs until 31 March 2018.

Yorkshire Housing’s Home Improvement Agency manager Layla Gorman said:

“In partnership with the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, we are working to provide improved security in the home. Crime reduction officers will identify vulnerable people at risk in Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield. Yorkshire Housing’s HIA will then support people who are most likely to be targeted by criminals for theft, burglaries, distraction burglaries and bogus callers.

“Our skilled handy person service will fit free a range of security features, such as bolts, locks and window and door alarms. More information about our services are available on our website:”

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“I run the community grant scheme throughout the year to enable organisations to bid for funding to help others. Yorkshire Housing’s HIA will provide safety advice and equipment to vulnerable members of the community who may not be able to buy the equipment themselves.

“I hope this funding will allow people to feel safer in their homes and act as a deterrent to those targeting vulnerable people.”