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WORLD TODAY: Action on break-ins.

THE Home Secretary insisted today that burglary does not have to rise in a recession.

Her remarks were made ahead of a summit in central London, bringing together police, retailers, insurers and charities for elderly people.

The meeting comes in the wake of the news that break-ins at homes were up 4% in the last set of crime figures, prompting fears of a ''credit crunch crimewave''.

Jacqui Smith said she was determined that people should receive the best possible advice on how to protect their homes,' Ms Smith will also launch a pounds 1.6 million crime prevention campaign and a new internet-based test for people to check their home security.

The three-minute test will rate your home on the basis of the information you provide.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2009
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