Stuart has today welcomed the announcement that West Yorkshire will receive £709,311 in extra funding as part of the Government’s £25 million Safer Streets Fund.
The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the Government’s concerted action to tackle crime and aims to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims from happening in the first place.
This extra funding will be aimed at improving security in areas particularly affected by acquisitive crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery. These offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year. The £709,311 of new funding will go towards measures proven to cut crime. These include simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleyways, increased street-lighting and the installation of CCTV. The funding will also be used to train community wardens, deliver local crime prevention advice to residents and establish Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
This additional funding comes alongside the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years, and the £1.1 billion funding boost for the policing system for 2020-21.
Stuart said: “The Government were elected on a promise to crack down on crime and make our streets safer, and I am delighted by the £709,311 announced today for the West Yorkshire Police to help deliver this.
This additional funding will help fund proven crime cutting measures, such as increased street lighting, CCTV and locked gates around alleyways and I am confident that this will prevent and reduce crimes such as burglary and robbery in the areas that need it most.
I do very much want my constituents to feel secure in their communities and to be able to live their lives free from the threat of crime, and this extra funding for West Yorkshire Police will help make that possible.”