New anti-theft initiative sends out warning to burglars in Islington

Hundreds of homes in Islington will be better protected against burglars thanks to funding for a new crime deterrent.

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Following a previous successful initiative, a further �4,000 of funding has been agreed by Islington’s North MAGPI panel, which is run by the council with police, social landlords, street outreach services and other partners.

More than 200 kits will be sent to homes identified as at risk by police in Hillrise, Junction, Tollington and St George’s wards. Extra anti-burglar patrols will be carried out.

Cllr Barbara Sidnell, executive member for community safety, said: “This will give extra protection and peace of mind to people and make burglars think twice. It’s a simple message – if you break into a home in Islington, you now stand a bigger chance of getting caught.”

Ch Insp Claire Clark, in charge of neighbourhood policing for Islington Police, said: “Our Safer Neighbourhoods teams will be carrying out extra reassurance patrols and distributing the kits to vulnerable people and repeat victims.”

Islington’s four MAGPI panels help to target crime and anti-social behaviour, and also award funding for anti-crime initiatives. For more, visit