RESIDENTS living in south Birmingham have slammed the door shut on burglars following a security boost to areas once plagued with break-ins.
In the past 18 months, more than 40 gates have been installed across Hall Green, Kings Heath, Springfield, Sparkbrook, Moseley areas to improve security.
Residents have also been given mini cameras to film possible doorstep tricksters and devices to boost the security of doors and windows.
In that time, burglary rates in the areas have plummeted by 18 per cent - resulting in 227 fewer victims of burglary.
West Midlands Police have been working with the Family Housing Association and Hall Green Local Delivery Group to draw up the plans to tackle crime.
Householders were offered security advice and given crime prevention kits, including window locks, property marking kits, personal attack alarms and spy holes.
Gates were also introduced in some locations and timer switches handed out to families to deter burglars targeting empty homes.
Insp Paul Minor said: "This initiative has been a roaring success. We've seen a significant decline in burglary and an increase in natural surveillance, together with other social and environmental improvements.
"We chose these locations after analysis suggested seasonal burglary rises. However, these wards are no worse than other areas in the West Midlands."
Claire Hardwick, from the Family Housing Association, said: "This scheme has proven that a partnership approach to reducing burglary can be extremely effective.
"We've been able to increase the risks and difficulty involved in committing burglary, while also reducing the burglar's ability and opportunity to commit the crime.
"By providing targeted crime prevention tools and gates to residents, we have benefited hundreds of households."