PCSO Amardeep Sandhu with Commissioner Henry at Bridlington Street Playground
A new survey measuring the impact of a £432,000 safety improvement project in Nottingham has revealed nine out of 10 people feel safe when out in their local area during the day.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry launched the snapshot survey following the conclusion of the Safer Streets project in the Aboretum and Radford areas of the city.
The multiagency project, which saw Commissioner Henry work alongside Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police, delivered £432,000 of safety improvements to help combat street crimes like burglary, robbery and theft.
Feedback on the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive, with businesses, lettings agencies and residents praising the scheme for making them feel safer.
One of those to benefit from Safer Streets funding was NHS administrative worker Tanya who lives in the City Centre and was previously burgled while her children slept upstairs.
Thanks to the scheme, she received state-of-the-art security including CCTV cameras, Ring doorbell, window locks, lamp timers and motion-sensor lighting to reduce her risk of becoming a victim again.
“I am so happy to benefit from this project and be able to sleep in the dark again, knowing I have a CCTV camera and window security locks. It will make me feel safer and I know it will be the same for my kids too,” said Tanya.
“I’ve always told my children never to answer the door but to look through the peep hole. To have a Ring doorbell for when I’m at work and my daughter is off college is amazing.”
The project funded the installation of sophisticated security devices including solar-powered CCTV and Ring doorbells at hundreds of homes, more than 1,000 extra police hours in target areas on Days of Action and the delivery of 13 new CCTV cameras in key locations in the City to reduce the risk of crime and increase the opportunity for crime evidence.
Following the works, interviews were carried out by SMSR Research with 203 residents in the City while an online survey attracted 45 responses.
Alongside encouraging survey results, latest figures show burglary is down by -33%, theft from the person by -53% and robbery of personal property -20% in the areas included in the scheme.
As a result, Commissioner Henry has already submitted a bid for further ‘substantial’ funding for the City in the Home Office’s forthcoming Safer Streets 4 project.
Working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police, Commissioner Henry has applied for funding to deliver safety improvements in the Aboretum, Radford and Park and Bestwood areas of the City.
Commissioner Henry said: “The Safer Streets initiative has been a resounding success, delivering permanent, practical resources that will help us deter and detect crime now and in years to come.
“The results of this survey show that investment in CCTV and home security can have a marked difference on people’s confidence and feelings of safety and is worth every penny.
“The plan now is to build on this strong foundation and secure Nottingham the money it needs to keep on making our public spaces and homes even safer.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The headline findings of the survey show:
94 per cent of residents feel safe during the day (public spaces)
52 per cent of residents feel safe at night (public spaces)
97 per cent of residents safe in their homes during the day
90 per cent of residents feel safe in their homes during darkness
81 per cent of residents agreed that target hardening (security upgrades) was a good use of resources
93 per cent felt satisfied with improvements made to their home security with 85 per cent saying it made them feel safer
79 per cent of residents agreed investment in CCTV was a good use of resources
Posted on Monday 30th May 2022