Derbyshire has secured new funding worth more than £500k to target burglary and acquisitive crime in part of Derby City, it has been revealed.
The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has successfully applied for a grant under the Home Office’s £25m Safer Streets Fund - receiving £514.5k to roll out a new crackdown in the West End area.
The grant, which is close to the Home Office’s £550k cap per scheme, will fund an advanced CCTV system consisting of 12 (night vision) high-powered cameras and poles to help prevent knife-point robberies, domestic burglaries and shoplifting on key routes within the area.
The cameras will be positioned and monitored by the local Community Safety Partnership to deter offenders and provide evidence and intelligence to detect crime and support prosecution.
Further funds will be invested in the secondment of two full-time Crime Prevention Officers to deliver security improvements to the most vulnerable properties in the West End including repeat victims of burglary.
The Crime Prevention Officers will spend the next nine months within the West End area, delivering security upgrades to up to 760 properties at a cost of £66 per household.
Meanwhile, plans are underway to upgrade street lighting in key areas within the West End to ensure pedestrians are more visible when using the public footpaths at night and launch the area’s first Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Responding to the announcement, the Commissioner said: “This is hugely encouraging news for the residents of West End who will see their area undergo significant improvements and security upgrades to protect their safety and wellbeing in the future.
“My team worked incredibly hard with our key safety partners to examine current crime data and undertake research to present a winning case for funding. The Home Office recognised the disproportionate level of acquisitive crime in the West End area in comparison to the force area as a whole and was impressed by the multiagency solutions put forward.
“While cutting crime in this area is top of the agenda, reducing fear of crime remains a top priority and we are committed to working hand-in-hand with the community to increase local resilience and ensure the West End becomes an uninviting place for all criminals.
“I look forward to working with our partners to progress this work over the coming weeks and months.”
Security equipment will be procured through an existing force framework to ensure improvements meet industry standards.
The ongoing costs of monitoring CCTV will be met by Derby City Council indefinitely which will remain a key partner in the project.
There is currently no Neighbourhood Watch scheme within the West End and it has been agreed a member of staff at Derbyshire Constabulary will work alongside Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Trust (DNWAT) to engage with the community to establish a new group.
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Posted on Wednesday 29th July 2020