Forty areas of the UK have been awarded £18.3 million to make streets safer through projects to crack down on neighbourhood crimes like burglary, vehicle theft and robbery, Home Office said.
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.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “I will not stand by while criminals inflict fear and misery on our communities, which is why I launched the Safer Streets Fund to improve security in areas blighted by crimes like burglary, robbery and theft.
“But it’s more than just environmental change – we need to prevent people from committing these offences in the first place as we build back safer.
“That is why the next round will rightly look at behaviour change, with a primary focus on women and girls who are disproportionately affected by crimes like harassment in public places,” she added.
The third round of the Safer Streets Fund also opens this month, providing another opportunity to bid from a fund of £25 million for the year 2021/22.
It 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, the Home Office said.
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