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Safer Streets Project

Safer Streets Project

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  • The Safer Streets Project is part of the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund available for 2020/21 to support situational crime prevention in hotspots which have chronic and disproportionate acquisitive crime
  • The Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, together with Durham Constabulary, Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council, was successful in two bids for County Durham and Darlington, £485,360 and £298,918 respectively

Aim of the project

  • Reduce burglaries– making residents safer and reducing demand on the police to focus on more complex crimes
  • Build evidence about the impact of targeted investment in situational prevention in high crime areas to strengthen the case for future investment, both at a local and national level
  • Increase in community engagement in the target area


  • Reduction in burglary
  • Reduction in fear of crime

Agencies Involved

  • Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Durham County Council
  • Darlington Borough Council
  • Victim Care and Advice Service
  • County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service


The areas were specifically chosen based on specific criteria as they both have high rates of acquisitive crime, in particular, burglary.

  • Darlington

Work will focus specifically in Northgate and North Road to the West of Darlington.

  • Horden

Work will focus specifically in Horden towards the East of County Durham.

The Project

Locks and lights will be fitted to hundreds of homes in County Durham and Darlington as part of the £800,000 scheme to reduce burglary and improve community safety.

1)      Funding will be used to pay for victims of residential burglary to receive the following security measures to prevent them from becoming a repeat victim:

  • Window locks
  • Internal lights on a timer
  • Double locks / deadlocks on external doors
  • External lights on a sensor

2)      Those houses in close proximity to the victim household will also receive the security measures.

3)      Other vulnerable households who are at risk of burglary are also eligible for the security measures.

4)      Crime prevention teams will also provide tailored crime prevention advice, with the aim of making victims feel safer and to prevent the crime from happening again.

It is hoped the intervention will reduce residential burglary, improve community safety and make the areas better places to live and work. 

For further crime prevention advice, please download this leaflet: 

Want to find out more? Please email: SaferStreets@durham.pnn.police.uk



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