Elderly residents in the Spencer and Dallington area of Northampton are being given the chance to have a mirror tile installed next to their front door to make them feel safer in their homes.
The mirror tiles have been purchased by the Spencer Dallington Residents Association (SDRA) following a spate of burglaries and robberies in the area and Valerie Holland, chair of the organisation, has been fitting them for residents.
The mirror tiles are installed next to the front doors of properties to allow residents to safely open their doors with the chain and get a covert look at whoever is knocking on their door before opening it fully.
Mrs Holland said: “Many of the elderly folk around the estate have felt a bit unsafe recently and these mirror tiles are a small thing, but they really do help and make residents feel safer.”
Tony Sereno, a Police Community support Officer who patrols the area, added: “This was a fantastic idea from the local residents association. Following some recent burglaries in the area, anything that makes residents feel safer can only be a good thing and the local police team are happy to support.”
Councillor Gareth Eales (Lab, Spencer) said: “It is great that community stakeholders like the residents association, the police and the elected councillor can work together on such things.
“As the dark nights draw in, what might appear to be a relatively small thing (the mirror tile) can really help residents feel safe before opening their doors.”
Any residents in Spencer & Dallington who would like a mirror tile can email Spencer Dallington Residents Association on email@example.com or contact Councillor Eales.