Nottinghamshire received the maximum grant available for a single scheme in the first Safer Streets initiative, securing £550k in July 2020 to invest in crime prevention measures in the Chatham and Northgate areas of Newark.
The project was delivered through a partnership between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police.
Among the safety benefits to Newark were:
- The installation of 400 upgraded street lights worth £150k
- Additional automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to detect crime
- 400 extra hours of police patrols to reassure residents
- Free security upgrades on 140 homes including new fencing, high-security doors and windows
- 4G solar-powered security cameras at over 30 houses, including victims of burglary and their neighbours.
- New improved bicycle storage
- Free GPS trackers and Bike Register marking for eligible cyclists
- New community hub at Chatham Court connecting residents with a range of important services
The measures helped to reduce fear of crime and improve confidence, with a survey confirming almost 83% of residents now feeling safer as a result of the Safer Streets project.
Newark Safer Streets Continued
Following the success of the first Safer Streets initiative, project leaders have secured an additional £109k to fund safety improvements in three new locations in Newark.
Up to 174 households are set to benefit from the scheme, which primarily focuses on the residential areas around Mill Gate, Bowbridge Road and Barnby Gate in Newark. Improvements range from free sensor lighting and window restrictors to video door bells, WIFI and 4G security cameras.
The team will also deliver high-visibility police patrols in the area’s high-crime hotspots, offer free security devices, locks and state-of-the-art GPS trackers to cyclists as well as free Bike Register marking, deploy mobile ANPR technology to detect crime, undertake vehicle crime prevention and a catalogue of environmental improvements including the removal of graffiti and fly-tipping waste.