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Photo of the winner Tarina Smith with Helen Ann-Smith, Antonio Taylor and Caroline Henry

Kirkby resident wins free CCTV to improve security

The prizes, handed out by Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, were a reward following a survey carried out following the Safer Streets programme to improve public safety.

The initiative saw a range of public safety measures including CCTV, burglary prevention equipment and better street lighting across Sutton-in-Ashfield, Newark, Nottingham City, Mansfield, and Worksop.

Tarina Smith, 20, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, is one of the winners and has received her free CCTV this week.

Tarina said: “Having the CCTV will make my family feel a lot safer and not only help me but will benefit my neighbours too. There are many houses on this street who will feel safer from having a camera on display.”

Cllr Helen-Ann Smith, Lead Executive Member for Community Safety and Crime Reduction at Ashfield District Council, said “

“It is important that residents feel safe within the communities they live. The Safer Streets initiative is already showing how this funding will change Ashfield for the better with reports of anti-social behaviour down compared to this time last year.   The Council, who set up the Ashfield Community Safety partnership, is committed to continuing to make Ashfield a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry visited Tarina to present her with the camera and thank her for taking part in the survey.

She said: “Safer Streets has made a tangible difference to how safe people feel in Nottinghamshire.

“As Tarina said, cameras like the ones she received and the other measures such as better street lighting and target hardening all add up to create safer environments that people feel more comfortable in.

“The Nottinghamshire Office of the Police and Crime worked incredibly hard on these bids and we have been able to bring £1.5m of national funding to Nottinghamshire for these important projects. We have also submitted further bids so I hope we can have some more good news for more Nottinghamshire communities in the near future.

“For each of the Safer Streets projects, we have worked really closely with our partner agencies in these areas including local authorities and listened to the views of the communities themselves to ensure we invest the money in the right way and in the right areas to have a big impact. The surveys show categorically that these measures have made a difference.

“I’d like to thank Tarina and everyone who took part in the surveys for giving their views. I am here to represent the people of Nottinghamshire so it is vital to have that public engagement to ensure people can have a direct impact on how we deliver policing and crime prevention services across Nottinghamshire.”

Public surveys conducted in March 2022 by the Nottinghamshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in each of the areas which benefited by the Safer Streets fund.

The Ashfield survey revealed nine out of ten women felt safe during the day and nearly three quarters felt safer as a result of the extra safety measures funded by Safer Streets in the district.

Safer Streets funding was unveiled by The Home Office in January 2020 to make the streets of England and Wales safer. The project aims to help police and crime commissioners, local authorities and their partners secure extra resources and tools to prevent street crime and improve feelings of safety.

So far Nottinghamshire has secured almost £1.5m of additional funding through the Safer Streets fund, working with Community Safety Partnerships across the county and the Crime and Drug Partnership in the city of Nottingham. Four further bids have also been submitted to help fund more projects across Nottinghamshire.

To find out more about the previous funding projects visit Safer Streets.