Mark Jenkinson MP welcomes over £400,000 in additional Government funding to crack down on burglary and theft in local crime hotspots

Mark has welcomed the announcement that Cumbria will receive £436,994 in extra funding as part of the Government’s £25 million Safer Streets Fund – delivering on a key Conservative manifesto commitment.

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. The 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 £436,994 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.

Bids were evaluated against a set criteria and bidders were asked to outline a plan to reduce crime within a local crime hotspot, demonstrating value for money, evidence of community engagement and long-term sustainability.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.

Mark Jenkinson MP said:  “This funding will help with proven crime cutting measures, such as increased street lighting, CCTV and locked gates around alleyways – and I am confident that this will go some way to prevent and reduce crimes such as burglary and robbery in the areas of the Workington constituency.

“I want people everywhere to feel secure in their communities and be able to live their lives free from the threat of crime, and this extra funding for Cumbria will go some way towards this.”