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More than £860k set to be spent getting tough on crime in Nottinghamshire

Commissioner Henry outside Mansfield Police Station with a Police Officer

Neighbourhoods in the city and county are poised to begin targeted campaigns from next week to crack down on crimes blighting their areas following Home Office funding.

A few weeks ago Nottinghamshire was announced as the biggest beneficiary of the Government’s latest round of Safer Streets funding, thanks to an £864,000 windfall secured by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry.

Two Safer Streets projects, one in the Hyson Green/Radford area of Nottingham City and another in Mansfield Town Centre, each received £432,000.

The funding follows the success of a similar £550,000 scheme in Newark, which last year saw significant improvements including a reduction in burglary, and fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour. The scheme - a partnership between the PCC, police and councils – is now continuing for a second year through local funding.

The money for the new projects will pay for improved property security, better street lighting and increased CCTV alongside greater police visibility in known crime hotspots.

Commissioner Henry secured the largest amount of Safer Streets funding in England and Wales for Nottinghamshire Police.

She said: “I’ve pushed the Government hard, including the Home Secretary herself, to secure this extra money to help Make Notts Safe and I’m so pleased they’ve listened. This money will have a tangible impact on the streets in Mansfield and the city - something I promised I would do.

“People have told me they want more patrols, increased visibility and practical changes to make them safer and this is exactly what these projects will deliver. It will also make sure we give residents the tools they need to make their lives and homes more resilient against threat and again – this is exactly what we will deliver.”

Work will begin in coming weeks to implement a series of improvements such as free security upgrades at residential properties, increased CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology and monitoring in key hotspots; high visibility police and warden patrols in burglary, robbery and vehicle crime hotspots; and environmental improvements including enhanced LED street lighting. 

The projects bring together partners including Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and local authorities.  They will be working together as one team for the benefit of each community, aiming to build neighbourhood capacity and resilience – helping local people to take action against criminality and resolve problems before they escalate into a crisis.

Inspector Nick Butler, district commander for Mansfield, contributed to the Mansfield bid. He said: “This additional funding is great news for the local community and will allow us to make further progress in our ongoing fight against crime.

“Mansfield is currently benefiting from the ongoing uplift in officer numbers and the continued deployment of the recently established Operation Reacher team.

“This new investment is an additional bonus that will allow us to do even more to prevent burglaries, thefts, vehicle crime and other offences that we know can have a very corrosive effect on our communities.”

Inspector Amy English, of Nottinghamshire Police, who will be overseeing the city project, added: “I welcome this funding which will provide an additional boost to work we are already doing and also give us options to put in place several highly-effective crime-fighting measures in response to offences like burglary, vehicle crime and theft. Burglary is an invasive and deeply upsetting crime that can have a very long lasting impact on victims.

“I am particularly excited at the opportunities this new funding gives us to put in place innovative preventative measures that will help to stop burglars in their tracks before they can gain access to people’s homes. In practice that may include us fitting doorbell cameras or improved locks to properties in affected areas. I know that in other areas where this approach has been tried the results have been very positive and I look forward to mirroring this very proactive form of community policing here in the Arboretum and Lenton. Tackling burglary and other acquisitive crimes are key priorities for us and I hope that local residents are further reassured by this announcement.”



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Posted on Friday 16th July 2021
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