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More alley gates for Liverpool

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Another 100 alley gate schemes could be installed in Liverpool to help cut crime further, following a positive study of the first phase of the project.

Over the past 10 years Liverpool City Council has put up 5,700 gates in alleyways between properties at a cost of £10 million, which may have helped to reduce people's home insurance premiums after having a beneficial effect on crime rates.

The University of Huddersfield conducted a study and discovered that 99% of residents like having the gates, which are made by recovering drug addicts, and 150,000 people feel much safer because of them.

The gates have also had a positive impact on burglary rates, which have remained low following an initial drop of 37% when they were first installed.

Councillors are now set to decide on plans for a further 100 new gate schemes to be introduced over the next two years at a cost of £1.3 million.

Councillor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for safer communities said: "Liverpool has led the way with its pioneering alley gating initiative and it has been an incredible success.

"This scheme has helped prevent countless burglaries and incidents of anti-social behaviour, and the associated heartache and stress it can bring."

© Press Association 2009