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Twenty-four Hucknall businesses become Safe Spaces

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Hucknall town centre has become even more secure after 24 businesses signed up to be “Safe Spaces” for anyone who needs help.

The companies have each been given free security devices including CCTV and sensor lighting as well as training for staff to support anyone who feels worried, at risk or in danger.

The Safe Space accreditation scheme is part of a £150,000 package of measures to improve safety in the town, including £63,333 from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer4All fund and £86,000 from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Participating venues have had 4G Ultra High-Definition CCTV devices installed at their premises along the high street and town centre to provide high level coverage in the town.

The cameras will be used to help deter retail crime and violent offences as well as being used by the Police to assist with criminal investigations. The devices will be filming 24 hours a day, seven days per week to ensure that people feel safer whilst visiting Hucknall.

As part of the accreditation, businesses will also receive PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) Lighting, signage and receive safeguarding training to identify they are safe havens and provide support to people who feel worried, at risk or in danger whilst in the town.

This is just one of many projects that Ashfield District Council, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Nottinghamshire Police are delivering as part of the £150,000 secured for Hucknall, which is being used to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, with a particular focus on improving feelings of safety for women and girls.

Hucknall has already benefited from some of this funding with a new Public Spaces Protection Order for Rockwood Walk, installation of an innovative intruder alert, voice activated ‘Safe Point’ camera in the town centre (opposite Boots) which connects to the force control room and 3 new Public Space CCTV cameras on Baker Street, Central Walk and Annesley Road. 

Further plans for the funding will include, an additional ‘Safe Point’ Camera on Station Road, 4 rapid deployable cameras on St Mary's Way (George Street), Linby Walk, Goodall Crescent, Chatsworth Drive and a state-of-the-art camera for Junction 27 which will be used to tackle car cruising.

Specsavers Opticians and Hearing Centre, on Hucknall High Street, is one of the businesses that has become accredited.

Specsavers Manager Hannah Beale said: “We are really excited to receive these cameras, we think they are going to be of huge benefit to Hucknall town centre. It’s going to help safety on the high street, especially for women and girls who may need to use this service.”

Antonio Taylor, Community Safety Manager for Ashfield District Council, added: “We have seen an 18% reduction in anti-social behaviour across Ashfield over the past year, but we are not going to be complacent. We have additional work scheduled to further improve community safety in Hucknall and we will be continuing to run dedicated operations and initiatives with our partners to make Hucknall safer.’’

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry said: “It’s great to see the impact that these safety measures have been having in Hucknall. From speaking to the shops that have joined the Safe Spaces scheme it is clear that it has made their staff and customers feel more secure.

“Together with the other measures we have implemented as partner agencies, such as Safe Point cameras, gating of alleyways and diversionary activities for young people, it is making the town an even better place for all who live, work or visit Hucknall.”    

 A full list of the Interventions being delivered as part of this funding are:

  • 2 x Safe Point camera located in Hucknall Town Centre.
  • 5 x Rapid Deployable CCTV cameras Installations
  • 3 new upgraded CCTV Cameras
  • Business Crime Forum Scheme ‘Shopwatch’ Radio System for Hucknall Town Centre.
  • Cultural Awareness and Diversity Initiative
  • Environmental Improvements
  • Youth Engagement & Diversionary Programme
  • Safe Space Accreditation Scheme
  • Gating of Alleyways
Posted on Thursday 23rd March 2023
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