PCVC Joy Allen

Safer Streets

Safer Streets will help make the communities of County Durham and Darlington safer, stronger and more resilient to crime.

Earlier this year, the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, together withDurham Constabulary, submitted two bids to the Home Office’s £18.3 millionSafer Streets Fund, which provides money to evidence-based initiatives across the country that aim to make streets safer and clamp down on burglary and vehicle theft.

Both bids were successful, resulting in £333,290 being awarded to Darlington (town centre and surrounding streets) and £505,294 for Easington. The bid had to meet exacting crime prevention criteria and the funding will be used to pay for several new CCTV and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Crime prevention advice, specific to the target areas, will also be provided. It will also fund new security measures for victims of burglary in Easington. It is hoped these positive changes will improve the community and make it a safer place to live and work. The improvements aim to not only reduce the amount of crime but deter criminal activity and make streets safer.

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Last year the first round of Safer Streets funding allowed homes across Darlington(Northgate and North Road) and Horden to receive free home security measures.

Since the Safer Streets initiative began, over 1,000 people have benefitted from crime prevention advice from neighbourhood wardens, police community support officers and crime prevention leaflets.

Additional measures such as defensive trellis, replacement gates, and crime prevention packs were also funded.

Work on the project is being carried out by Darlington Borough Council and Durham County Council, with support from the PCC’s office, Durham Constabulary, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and the Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS).

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen said: “It is great news we are going to be able provide further security measures to prevent crime, protect individuals and make homes safer across Easington and Darlington.

“The fund will enable more local communities to receive targeted crime prevention advice through work with our local partners. The addition of more CCTV and ANPR cameras as well as securing more properties to prevent burglaries, will help make the communities of County Durham and Darlington safer, stronger and more resilient to crime in many years to come.”

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You can find out more information on the Safer Streets fund by emailing SaferStreets@durham.police.uk