Residents of Derby were visited by a host of local organisations as part of Mears' 'Doorstep Project'. Mears, who provide housing repairs and maintenance to 12,000 Metropolitan homes in Derby and Nottingham, teamed up with Derbyshire Constabulary's Safer Neighbourhood team and Metropolitan to visit residents in the Normanton area to provide advice and practical assistance on home safety and security and crime prevention.
Residents were given advance notice and the teams visited 35 homes in the area. The Police offered advice on how to improve security and Mears had carpenters on hand to fit free door security chains and mirrors.
The project was welcomed by all the residents and the positive feedback has inspired Mears and Metropolitan to replicate the project in London and Cambridge.
Sgt Simon Adams from Rosehill and Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Team said "We welcomed the opportunity to work with a key partner in the local community in Metropolitan Housing. This initiative has helped improve security in numerous properties in the area and hopefully improved confidence in the local community. This initiative shows how different partners can work well together to improve the neighbourhoods in which they have a common interest."
Louise Chance, Community Engagement Officer, Metropolitan said 'This is a great example of how Metropolitan and Mears can work together to help our customers feel safer in their homes'.
Jamie Phenix, Contract Manager, Mears commented 'It was an excellent day, showing once again that Mears and Metropolitan working together provides a positive impact for our residents.'