Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is set to benefit from new government funds to help tackle crime and to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims from happening in the first place.
The money, from the Safer Streets Fund, is aimed at improving security in areas particularly affected by acquisitive crime, such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery. These offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year.
The £549,991 of new funding will go towards measures proven to cut crime. These include simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleyways, increased street-lighting and the installation of CCTV. The funding will also be used to train community wardens, deliver local crime prevention advice to residents and establish Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
This additional funding comes alongside the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years, and the £1.1 billion funding boost for the policing system for 2020-21.
Commenting, Donna Jones, the Conservative candidate to be the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight said:
“This Government was elected on the promise to crack down on crime and make our streets safer, and the cash announced today for Hampshire & the IOW will help deliver that.
“This new money will help fund proven crime cutting measures, such as increased street lighting, CCTV and locked gates around alleyways – and I am confident that this will prevent and reduce crimes such as burglary and robbery in the areas that need it most.
“I want people everywhere to feel secure in their communities and be able to live their lives free from the threat of crime, and this extra funding for Hampshire Police will help make that possible.”