What is Safer Streets?
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Cleveland is taking part in the Home Office-funded Safer Streets project.
The first £25m Safer Streets programme ran during 2020-21. It invested in initiatives to reduce the impact of theft and burglary in some of Cleveland’s most vulnerable communities.
Working in partnership with Cleveland Police, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland Councils as well as other agencies, the OPCC developed £1m-worth of successful bids in the following areas:
• Burn Valley and Oxford Road ladder (Hartlepool) – £444,608
• Newport (Middlesbrough) – £479,838
• South Bank (Redcar and Cleveland) – £110,250
Following the first programme, the OPCC led two further successful bids for funding as part of Safer Streets 2 and 3 in 2021.
Safer Streets 1
The programme aimed to do the following:
• Reduce levels of theft and burglary
• Decrease the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and repeat victimisation
• Lower the fear of crime
• Improve engagement with key services including victim care and mediation services
As a result, it saw a number of crime prevention measures across the target areas. Measures included the following:
- Installing CCTV
- Putting up extra street lighting
- Carrying out improvements to alley gates
- Screening void properties to stop them from becoming a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
Safer Streets 2
In June 2021, the OPCC secured £366,289-worth of investment for Stockton Town Centre and the surrounding wards of Oxbridge and Parkfield.
Safer Streets 2 included commercial as well as residential areas.
Cash will be invested in a number of crime-busting measures including the following:
- Improved CCTV and lighting
- Fitting screens to void properties
- Employing workers whose job will be to encourage residents to build a better and safer environment.
Safer Streets 3
In May 2021, the OPCC began laying the foundations for Safer Streets 3 with a survey into the perceptions of women and girls of their own safety in public places.
Results of the survey are available on our Consultations and Engagement web page.
In September 2021, the OPCC in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, was given £381,771 in Home Office Funding.
A range of measures including improved CCTV and lighting will aim to prevent violence and improve the safety of women and girls. The programme will focus on the Newport and Central Wards of Middlesbrough.