More than £400,000 has been secured by Manchester City Council as part of a project to reduce neighbourhood crime.
Following a successful bid to the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund, £432,000 can now be spent on community schemes in Rusholme and Moss Side.
This area is largely residential and has encountered issues such as business and residential burglary, theft and vehicle crime.
Because of this a series of initiatives are planned to bring down incidences of crime as well as promote community engagement with local policing. The Safer Streets Fund aims to both improve community safety, but also ensure that solutions for neighbourhoods are the right ones.
In the Council’s bid, provision was set out for:
- The installation of five new CCTV cameras
- The installation of fencing around the rear of properties identified as at risk
- Target hardening, including the installation of 200 door cameras, and physical improvements to security at 100 homes (doors, windows, rear fencing)
Outreach work will also take place through a community facilitator programme, whereby residents will be able to feed back to the Council about proposed changes, or what new elements are required to create safer neighbourhoods.
Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We want our communities to be places where residents can feel safe and secure, which is why this funding is an important step in the right direction.
“By making small but significant changes we will be able to make people feel safe in their homes and businesses, whilst creating a deterrent against any criminal behaviour.
“The root causes of crime can be complex but that does not mean as a Council we can’t take action to prevent it, and allow our communities to prosper.”
Bev Hughes, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, said: “We want Greater Manchester to be a safe place for everyone to work, live and visit. With the help of the Safer Streets Fund we can continue with our efforts in delivering crime reduction activities and strengthen our communities to ensure they remain safe.
“Crimes that blight our communities such as burglary, theft and vehicle crime can have a real detrimental effect on victims. Small measures such as the installation of CCTV cameras can make a huge difference in reducing these crimes.”