Police and Crime Commissioner secures £550k funding to help make lives of local residents safer

28 July 2020

Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane has secured Home Office funding to improve the lives of residents in the Bargate area of Southampton.

The area of Bargate was put forward in the bid as it has high levels of theft and burglary, and the £549,991 from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund will fund a range of measures to make it a safer place to live and work.

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said:

“Theft, burglary and robbery blight the lives of many in our communities. Securing this funding will help support the efforts already underway to tackle that blight and make people SAFER.

“Proposed measures for Bargate ward include improved fencing and gating in residential areas, improved street lighting, increased CCTV monitoring, and general environmental improvements and maintenance to reduce secluded hiding spots and open up areas for community use. Simple but effective measures proven to cut and prevent crime and tackle the consequences of serious organised crime.

“This initiative complements a range of other investments in the city by my office and by partners and demonstrates our joint commitment to keep Southampton residents safer.

“The project will be run and delivered over the next year in a welcome partnership with Southampton City Council and the Safe City Partnership, which of course also includes Hampshire Constabulary.”

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