40 areas across England and Wales have today been awarded a total of £18.3 million to make our 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.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
Minister for Safeguarding Victoria Atkins said:
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Prevention lead Roger Hirst said:
National Police Chiefs’ Council Chair, Martin Hewitt said:
Safer Streets is just one of the ways the government say it is working to tackle violence against women and girls.
In March, the Home Office reopened its call for evidence on violence against women and girls, to hear views on this hugely important issue. Over 180,000 responses were received and are helping to inform the new cross-government Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and complementary Domestic Abuse Strategy, which will be published later this year.
The Home Office say they are also working closely with police on a new online tool aimed at women and girls, which will allow people to pinpoint locations in their local area where they have felt unsafe.
Since its inception last year, the Safer Streets Fund has allowed forces to invest in transformative crime prevention initiatives.
For example, in Humberside, in one of the most deprived estates in the country, funding has gone towards upgrading 20 communal entrances to blocks that drive a high level of burglary and installing 18 secure storage facilities for bikes and motorbikes.
Alongside this, they have installed secure fencing and gates and there is now a dedicated community outreach programme to support residents and victims of crime on the estate.
Projects across the country have also focused on setting up Neighbourhood Watch groups, increased Automated Numberplate Recognition Technology and CCTV and introducing wardens to undertake community engagement and train members of the public in crime prevention.
A full list of the successful recipients for the second round of Safer Streets is as follows:
|PCC or local authority||Grant funding awarded (£)||Number of bids covered|
|Birmingham City Council||432,000||1|
|Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council||432,000||1|
|Bristol City Council||398,000||1|
|Cambridge and Peterborough PCC||430,000||1|
|Chesterfield Borough Council||432,000||1|
|Dyfed Powys PCC||87,338||1|
|Exeter City Council||432,000||1|
|Great Yarmouth Borough Council||96,000||1|
|Hertsmere Borough Council||116,000||1|
|Ipswich Borough Council||422,200||1|
|Manchester City Council||432,000||1|
|Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime||725,996||2|
|Newcastle City Council||431,967||1|
|North Wales PCC||485,535||2|
|North Yorkshire OFPCC||429,986||1|
|South Wales PCC||432,000||1|
|South Yorkshire PCC||850,000||2|
|Thames Valley PCC||401,950||1|
|Wealden District Council||309,453||1|
|West Mercia PCC||863,185||2|
|West Yorkshire PCC||306,317||1|
|Wolverhampton City Council||247,602||1|
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