The Safer Homes Project is run by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council. The Project has transformed the way in which isolated, vulnerable and elderly people receive crime and fire safety advice and protection. Along with practical help to make homes safer, the project’s aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of those people involved. It is designed to foster further collaboration with as many frontline health care professionals, practitioners, families and friends as possible in order to reach the most vulnerable members of the community.

Factsheet: Safer Homes Initiative CS012 (PDF, 603kb)

Key messages

  • Domestic burglary in County Durham has increased by 23% in 2015-16 compared with the previous year. Despite this increase, County Durham has a lower rate per 1,000 population of domestic burglary than the national average when comparing all Community Safety Partnerships in England and Wales.
  • There has been a reduction of over 15% in the number of dwelling fires since the work on Safer Homes began (from 19 September 2014 to 31 March 2015) compared to the same period in the previous year.
  • County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service recorded 8.19 accidental fires per 10,000 dwellings in 2015-16 against a national average of 12.35. The service is the 5th best performing nationally in terms of accidental fires per 10,000 population

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