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Police Commissioner welcomes additional funding to help keep Cambridgeshire safer

CAMBRIDGESHIRE is set to receive more than half a million pounds from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund to help keep communities safe.

The money, worth over £545,000 will go towards targeted home security improvements for vulnerable residents living in at risk properties. These will be complemented by a programme of community development events to provide residents the opportunity to shape how they would like to see residential burglary prevented in their community.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has worked with partners across the public and voluntary sector to develop the bid. Partners involved in developing the bid include the Police, Local Authorities, Cambridgeshire Research Group, The Bobby Scheme, Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services and Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators.

Investment will be focused around the Arbury area of Cambridge City. During bid development, partners identified it as an area which met the Safer Streets Fund criteria set by the Home Office and was primed for residents to gain the most direct benefit from the funding.

Acting Police and Crime Commissioner Ray Bisby said:

“I welcome the announcement that Cambridgeshire is set to receive additional funding from the Home Office to prevent residential burglaries. To ensure that the funding has a long-lasting effect on preventing residential burglary, the money will be used to improve the security of vulnerable people and properties, as well as supporting the community to be more resilient in the long-term.”

“I am grateful for the ongoing support of partners from across the public and voluntary sector in developing this bid and look forward to working together to ensure our community reaps the benefits of this work.”

Perri Selwood, Trust Manager, Bobby Scheme said:

“The Bobby Scheme are delighted to see this investment in Cambridgeshire. Working with victims of burglary every day we know the value that improved home security brings. The Safer Streets fund will help residents to feel safer and empowered within their own homes as well as reducing residential crime within the community.”