Gentoo supports Northumbria Police reduce damage caused during forced entries

We have recently joined forces with Northumbria Police to reduce the damage caused to doors during a forced entry.

Northumbria Police use techniques such as the enforcer as a last resort to gain entry to properties of interest. This technique often leaves the Group with a large bill to repair or replace the door.

Following discussions between the Group and Northumbria Police, the Group has committed to supplying the force with lock pulling kits which allows quick access and causes minimal damage.

This new way of gaining entry will lead to the Group replacing fewer doors which can cost more than £1,000 to replace. Each kit which consists of a cordless drill, lock pull kit and universal key, costs £380 and can be used multiple times meaning a significant cost saving for the Group.

The Group has also confirmed it will donate old and damage door stock for the Forces entry teams to practice on.

James Haste, Director of Property Maintenance at Gentoo Group said:

“We’re proud to be able to support the Police with such an important task that could potentially save someone’s life or help stop criminal activity.

“There are many benefits to using these kits including a substantial cost saving for the Group and reducing the impact on the property and neighbouring tenants. 

“This is a great example of what we can achieve when working in partnership together.”

Chief Inspector Neil Hall, of Northumbria Police, said: “Forcing entry to a property is often a task we are faced with when protecting vulnerable people, or tackling criminality in our communities.

“Thanks to our partners at Gentoo, we can continue to fight crime and keep people safe across Sunderland with the introduction of these new kits.

“We will continue to work hand-in-hand with our partners to provide the best possible service to the public.”

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