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 cash in initiatives to reduce the impact of theft and burglary on some of Cleveland’s most vulnerable communities.
The Home Office invited Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to make up to three bids to support neighbourhoods disproportionately affected by theft-related crime.
Working in partnership with Cleveland Police, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland Councilsand other agencies, the OPCC developed £1m-worth of successful bids for 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 success of Safer Streets 1, details of a second project were announced for 2021-22. This time, the brief included commercial as well as residential areas.
In the second round of funding, the Home Office awarded Stockton Town Centre and surrounding wards more than £366,200.
The OPCC has just closed a public consultation on Safer Streets 3. Safer Streets 3 will focus on making public spaces safer for women and girls.
Safer Streets 1
Safer Streets 1 aimed to do the following:
• Reduce levels of acquisitive crime (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
It saw a number of crime prevention measures and equipment installed across the target areas of Burn Valley, Hartlepool, Newport, Middlesbrough and South Bank.
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 at Home packs were given to residents as part of Safer Streets 1. Packs included a range of crime prevention measures.
Mediation and community cohesion workers now work to help repair damaged relationships and settle neighbourhood disputes.
Safer Streets 2
In June 2021, the OPCC was successful in securing £366,289-worth of investment for Stockton Town Centre and the surrounding wards of Oxbridge and Parkfield.
Over the coming year, cash will be invested in a number of crime-busting measures. They will include 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.
The PCC launched a survey into women and girls’ perception of safety ahead of the bid deadline on 17 July 2021.
Full results of the survey are available on our Consultations and Engagement web page.
A bid for Home Office funding was made in July 2021.