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New funding available to tackle burglary and theft

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel has launched a new £25 million fund to help prevent crimes such as burglary and theft in crime hotspots.

The Safer Streets Fund which was announced earlier this week will provide Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCS) from across England and Wales with funding to invest in measures that can help to prevent crime and theft in areas with high levels of crime.

Research shows that robberies, burglaries and theft disproportionately take place within certain communities – in 2017-18, the top 5 per cent of local areas recorded 23 per cent of all acquisitive crimes.

Initiatives could target vehicle theft, robbery or burglary, among other crimes, and could include interventions to improve home security, such as installing better locks and gating alleyways and make streets better lit at night.

Each crime prevention plan will provide the opportunity to make communities safer whilst helping to free up the time of police and other agencies so that they can focus on more complex crimes.

The way the fund is set up will allow local communities to get involved with the development of these plans and include money for community projects that support them.

Police and Crime Commissioners will now work alongside local authorities and other partners to develop these plans, which need to be based on evidence, demonstrate value for money and engage local communities.

Funding will be available to areas from April 2020, with each initiative assessed by the Government to help determine the need for future Government investments.

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Gurjit Singh
As a member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS), holder of the Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) qualification and duty solicitor for the Coventry area, I regularly represent clients in a wide range of criminal cases, including road traffic offences.

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