Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today praised the success of a £514k safety project that has helped protect hundreds of homes from burglary and theft and improve public safety.
The Commissioner secured funding from the Home Office’s £25m Safer Streets Fund to deliver a series of improvements in the West End area of the city 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.
The CCTV columns are now installed and ready to protect residents against crime.
Meanwhile, 200 households have benefited from free security upgrades including new locks and solar lighting at their homes as part of a target hardening project being delivered by Derby Homes.
The project team recently secured a short-term extension from the Home Office due to delays in being able to deliver the work through the national lockdowns.
As a result, this part of the project will now run until the end of May, enabling even more people to benefit.
“The changes we have made will have a lasting impact on safety in the West End and are already helping to reassure people who live in the area,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“I’m really proud of the way we have worked together as one team to deliver these measures against the challenging backdrop of a national pandemic and two national lockdowns.
“It will be some time before we can measure the full impact of our work on crime and the detection of criminality but I’ve no doubt this investment is already reducing fear in the community and bringing a renewed sense of wellbeing.”
Cllr Martin Repton, Chair of Darley Neighbourhood Board, added: “The Darley Neighbourhood Board is still encouraging our residents within Darley Ward to apply for help and advice from this fantastic safety project. There is still the opportunity for residents to benefit from this project and would urge residents to contact the team to access this help and support as soon as possible.”
Following the success of the work in the West End, the PCC is supporting three separate projects from Erewash Borough Council, Chesterfield Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council in the next round of Home Office Safer Streets funding.
If successful, the projects will bring further target hardening schemes, CCTV and ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) technology installed in communities to tackle neighbourhood crime.
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Posted on Wednesday 24th March 2021