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Householders offered free security improvements in major crackdown on crime in Derby's West End

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Properties vulnerable to burglary could be eligible for free security improvements as part of a major project to boost safety in the West End area of Derby.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa joined partners from Derbyshire Police, Derby Homes, and volunteer students from Derby College in a leaflet drop this week to offer residents - including previous victims of burglary - the opportunity to have free security upgrades installed.

The scheme is part of a multi-agency partnership to crackdown on theft, burglary and robbery in the West End area. 

The PCC secured £514k from the Home Office’s £25m Safer Streets Fund to deliver a catalogue of safety improvements including an advanced CCTV system consisting of 12 (night-vision) high-powered cameras and poles to prevent knife-point robberies, domestic burglaries and shoplifting on key routes within the area.

In the latest phase of the project, residents in the West End area are being invited to book a free crime prevention appointment which will see staff from Derby Homes Crime Prevention Team attending their property for a free home security check to recommend and install necessary crime prevention improvements. These could include solar lights, improved window locks and window alarms.

Mr Dhindsa said: “This is an exciting opportunity for residents in the West End who want to improve security at their home and feel safer but at no extra cost.

“We are delighted to have secured this Home Office funding which is not only improving the Force’s ability to detect crime and apprehend offenders through advanced technology but also helping us to reduce fear in the community and deter crime by making people’s homes more secure.

“This project brings together a number of safety partners. We are working closely together to solve the problems which impact on quality of life and deliver practical changes that will make a big difference to how safe people feel in the area they live and deter crime in the future.”  

The scheme is being offered to any household regardless of whether it is owned or rented and will run up to March 31st 2021.

The project has funded two new Crime Prevention Officers who will spend the coming months organising security upgrades at up to 760 vulnerable properties in the West End area.

Other measures being delivered as part of the project include upgraded street lighting within the West End area to ensure pedestrians are more visible when using public footpaths at night and some remedial work to cut back growth on trees at West End Park. There are also plans to launch the area’s first Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Graeme Walton, Area Housing Manager said:

“We’re keen to support any project that helps to reduce crime and makes residents feel safer in their homes. It’s important that we work with the whole community here and we’re pleased that the funding allows us to work across tenures.”

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Picture shows (L-R):

14434 PC Lucy Farrelly - Allestree, Darley, Mackworth & Morley SNT
Richard Holman from Derby Homes
Derby College Student
Hardyal Dhindsa
Derby College Student
Derby College Student
Derby College Student
PCSO 12942 Lynette Rickett - Allestree, Darley, Mackworth & Morley SNT
Joe Rhodes-Orwin - OPCC

 

 

Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

 

 

Posted on Saturday 19th December 2020
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