Home Office awards £18.4M to 40 areas to tackle burglary, vehicle theft and robbery
Forty areas have been awarded £18.4 million to make streets safer through projects to crack down on neighbourhood crimes like burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.
The money, from the government’s Safer Streets Fund, will go towards measures proven to cut crime, including simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleyways, increased street-lighting and the installation of CCTV.
The third round of the Safer Streets Fund also opens today, providing another opportunity to bid from a fund of £25 million for the year 2021/22.
This next round of funding will go beyond essential environmental measures like improved street lighting and encourage police to secure innovative bids for plans primarily focused on helping make women and girls feel safer on the streets, as well as projects which could include an emphasis on changing attitudes and behaviours in local communities.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said: “Neighbourhood crimes such as burglary and theft have a detrimental effect on local communities, with people often scared to leave their homes.
“We know that better street lighting or CCTV can do a lot to prevent crime, which is why we welcome the latest round of the Safer Streets Funding to ensure projects can continue to have a positive impact on the communities that are hardest hit.
“We also know that changing attitudes is key in the long run, which is why police and local authorities are being encouraged to focus new bids on behaviour change and community engagement.”