May 20, 2010

Schlage donates 2,000 locks to help domestic violence victims in New York City

NEW YORK, NY (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- Residential Solutions' Schlage brand has donated 2,000 deadbolt locks to the Project SAFE program run by Safe Horizon, a leading organization that assists victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and child abuse in New York City. As part of its many services, Project SAFE offers free lock replacement for victims of crime throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Since receiving the locks, Project SAFE has installed 70 Schlage deadbolt locks in 47 homes.

The donation from Schlage represents the first time in the 31-year history of Project SAFE that locks have been donated. Until now, Safe Horizon bought the locks and worked with local locksmiths who installed them in the homes of crime victims. Any crime victim in New York City who has filed a police report is eligible to have a lock installed free of charge under the Project SAFE program. Over the past decade, the program has assisted more than 25,000 families.

“Sadly, domestic violence, abuse and crimes against the family are issues that permeate our society,” said Ann Matheis, Schlage brand director, Residential Solutions. “Schlage is honored to help support the important work carried out by Safe Horizon and it is truly a privilege to be associated with an organization that provides security and peace of mind to victims of crime when they need it most.”

“On behalf of everyone at Safe Horizon, I would like to thank Schlage for this extremely generous and important donation,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon. “These locks will go a long way toward helping victims of crimes restore security at home.

“The locksmiths we work with are very positive about the Schlage locks because they are a higher quality lockset than what they had been using,” Zwang continued. “They especially like that the deadbolt has an adjustable backset, which can be twisted to make the bolt longer. In the past, they had to order deadbolts in two sizes because they were a fixed length.”

For more information about Safe Horizon, visit www.safehorizon.org.

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