A new £25 million scheme to tackle burglary and theft in crime hotspots has been launched by the Policing Minister. The Safer Streets Fund will be open for bids from police and crime commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales to fund initiatives aimed at stopping these offences happening in the first place. The fund is specifically designed for areas that need to tackle theft, robbery and burglary – known as acquisitive crimes.
Police and crime commissioners, in formulating bids, will work closely with local partners to identify those measures that are most likely to make our communities safer.
PCCs can use the fund to improve neighbourhoods by increasing street lighting, installing better locks and gating alleyways.
They can also invest the money in other types of crime prevention, such as training community wardens, and delivering local crime prevention advice to residents or Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
PCCs will be expected to make use of local police force data and to use toolkits provided by the College of Policing, in partnership with other experts, to understand where the funding can have the biggest impact and what interventions will work best in a local area.
Successful areas will receive grants of up to £550,000.
The deadline for applications is midnight on 20 March 2020. Bidders will be informed whether they have been successful by the end of May 2020.