£1.2million extra funding to crack down on burglary and theft in South West

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has welcomed the Government's Safer Streets Fund as Devon & Cornwall Police will receive £546,781in funding 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.

Measures to cut crime will 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. Police and Crime Commissioners were invited to bid for a share of the £25 million Safer Streets Fund in January, with each project eligible for a grant of up to £550,000.

George said, "We recognise that local communities have concerns about their safety and I stood on a manifesto that promised to crack down on crime and make our streets safer. This funding will help deliver that and help prevent and reduce crimes such as burglary and robbery in the areas that need it most. 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 will help make that possible.”