Small retailers in some of the most deprived areas in England and Wales are set to benefit from increased security measures funded by the government.

Home Office crime reduction minister John Denham has announced a package of some £6m to help small shopkeepers tackle crime and vandalism on their doorstep.

This is the second year allocation of a total £15m over three years made available for the installation of CCTV, burglar alarms, security lighting, locks, toughened glass, signage, internal mirrors, shutters and environmental landscaping for rundown shopping areas.

Denham said: "Small local shops play a vital role in helping to sustain our local community.

"But in some of our most impoverished areas they are closing because shopkeepers cannot afford proper security."

"Helping small retail businesses is only part of our co-ordinated attack on crime.

"The government is spending £400m in the biggest ever investment in crime reduction, demonstrating our determination to continue to tackle all types of crime."