Areas of Darlington and County Durham are set to receive specialist interventions to help cut crime and improve community safety after securing funding from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund.
Earlier this year, the Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, submitted two bids to the £25m Home Office Safer Streets Fund, in partnership with Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and Durham Constabulary.
Today it was announced that both bids, totalling almost £800,000 had been successful.
The funding, which is designed to support interventions in areas which suffer acquisitive crime, has been welcomed by the acting Durham Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner Steve White
“It is fantastic that we have been successful in our bids for both County Durham and Darlington,” he said.
“It will help to make a real difference as we work with our partners to address acquisitive crime in key hotspot areas in County Durham and Darlington.
“If we work together with our local communities to prevent crime from happening in the first place, we can help to reduce demand on our front line services, reduce the number of victims and make our communities safer.”
The interventions will support victims of acquisitive crime, and their neighbouring properties by equipping them with security tools and deterrents, and tailored crime prevention advice, with the aim of making them feel safer and preventing them from being victimised.