PCSO Amardeep Sandhu with Commissioner Caroline Henry
Residents in Nottingham are being asked for their views following a major safety overhaul in the city that has funded extra CCTV and free home security for hundreds of people.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner has launched an online survey to see how recent investment to reduce burglary, theft and robbery – known as acquisitive crimes - has made people feel safer and reduced their fear of crime.
Commissioner Henry has been working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police since July last year to deliver a raft of safety measures proven to cut burglary and theft in the Radford and Aboretum areas.
The interventions, funded in partnership with Nottingham City Council thanks to a grant from the Home Office’s Safer Streets 2 Fund, have included the installation of sophisticated security devices including solar-powered CCTV and Ring doorbells at residents’ homes, additional police visibility patrols and extra CCTV on the streets to reduce the risk of crime.
During the past 12 months up to February, key crimes in the target areas within Radford and Hyson Green and Aboretum have reduced significantly.
Latest figures show burglary down by -33%, theft from the person by -53% and robbery of personal property -20%.
The snapshot survey will ask people how Safer Streets 2 improvements have impacted their lives and their views for improvements in the future.
Commissioner Henry said: “I am proud of the changes we have made to improve safety in the City. Restoring peace of mind to victims of crime and the wider public is what this project has been all about and I am delighted so many feel safer and reassured thanks to this funding.
“These crime figures show our efforts are already making a difference. The more we can do to deter and prevent offending in the first place, the more victims will be spared the emotional distress of falling prey to crime. However, criminals should be alert that wherever they operate in the City, we will be watching.
“There is much more we want to do. Safer Streets is just the start of what will be a long-term effort to make our homes and streets impenetrable to criminals.
“I hope local people in Nottingham already feel safer but the good work will continue and I will continue to listen and prioritise their needs.”
Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion at Nottingham City Council, said: “The safety of residents and visitors to Nottingham is one of our top priorities and we want to hear how this project has made a difference to you. There has been some fantastic work delivered with partners and we’ve made some real positive changes in our local communities.
“We would like to get future investment to improve safety further, so we need to hear from you on what has worked and what hasn’t worked in the project – so I would urge you to take part in this survey.”
Superintendent Kevin Broadhead, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Keeping the public safe remains one of our top priorities and I would really encourage people from across the county in these areas to complete the survey and tell us how these improvements have impacted lives and made people feel safer.
“It’s also a great opportunity for us and our partners to see what else we can do to make people feel safe and really listen and act on any feedback we receive.”
Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome said: “Our city should be a safe place for everyone. This survey is your chance to comment on recent changes aimed at improving safety. By providing your feedback, you’ll help to ensure that money spent is on measures that make a real difference.”
Safer Streets 2 has already delivered significant investment in Nottingham including:
- 1,072 extra police hours in target areas on Days of Action
- 927 extra police hours on patrol in target areas to reassure residents as part of Operation Graduate
- Free security upgrades offered to 353 homes
- Offered Ring Doorbells to 210 residents
- Funded the delivery of 13 new CCTV cameras in key locations in the City
To complete the survey visit: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=164571220118
Posted on Friday 18th March 2022