Over £300,000 is to be spent tackling neighbourhood and environmental crime in Hartlepool.
Hartlepool Borough Council will receive a total of £333,333 from the Home Office’s Safer Streets 5 initiative. The cash comes via the Office of Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC.) It will be spent in the town’s Victoria Ward.
Councillor Mike Young, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “We are grateful to the PCC for supporting our efforts to improve residents’ lives.”
Councillor Sue Little, Chair of the Neighbourhood Services Committee, added: “We want to re-assure residents that we will take action to protect them.”
Cleveland PCC Steve Turner added: “We’ve already had some fantastic success in reducing crimes like robbery and burglary through our Safer Streets initiatives.
“I’m really pleased to be working alongside Hartlepool Council once again as we seek to tackle the problems facing our communities.”
In the current financial year, measures include:
- Security improvements to 36 alley gates. They are in the Stephen Street, Suggitt Street, Sandringham Road, Sheriff Street, Dent Street and Derwent Street areas. Measures include fitting rotating anti-climb spikes – subject to planning permission. Additional measures include fitting lock protectors, repairs, painting and improved signage.
- Three new, mobile CCTV cameras. They can be deployed in hot-spot locations and remotely monitored by Hartlepool Borough Council’s CCTV control room.
- Six new street lighting columns at alley gates currently with no lighting.
Measures in 2024/25 will include employing Community Cohesion and Environmental Projects Officers.
They will help set up three Neighbourhood Watch groups. They will also help to supply security measures to the homes of 85 burglary victims and distributing burglary prevention packs to “at risk” properties in six streets.
Metal screens with a printed laminate finish will be fitted to 20 homes, which have been empty long-term.