Cllr Calland welcomes £301,162 in additional Government funding to crack down on burglary and theft in local crime hotspots

Cllr Louise Calland has welcomed the announcement that Metropolitan Police will receive £301,162 in extra funding as part of the Government’s £25 million Safer Streets Fund – delivering on a key Conservative manifesto commitment.

Commenting, Cllr Louise Calland, GLA Candidate for Merton & Wandsworth said:

“This new funding from the Government is great news for the Met and will help fund proven crime cutting measures, such as increased street lighting, CCTV and locked gates around alleyways."

“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 the Metropolitan Police will help make that possible.”

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 £301,162 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.