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Streets to be made safer following £266k Home Office funding

New CCTV cameras will be installed and a service for victims of burglary expanded after the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner received Government crime prevention funding.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset has received £266,357 after making two successful bids to the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund.

The money is being used to fund schemes in the Pokesdown and Boscombe West areas of Bournemouth to tackle burglary and acquisitive crime.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “This funding is great news for residents and really bad news for criminals, whose lives are set to become a lot harder.”

The funding will be used to extend existing CCTV provision into both areas as a crime prevention measure and to support police investigations in known hotspots of burglary and related offences.


Dorset bobby van

The money will also pay to expand the Dorset bobby van scheme, which was launched earlier this year and provides home security to vulnerable victims of burglary.

Under the existing service, a security operative is able to visit victims in a specially liveried van, passing on advice about security measures and installing devices including new door and window locks free of charge.

The new funding will pay for a second van and operative to increase availability across the county, with a specific initial focus on targeting vulnerable residents in the two areas of Bournemouth.

It will also fund awareness raising campaigns in both areas, encouraging residents to secure their properties.

And the funding will be used to create up to three Neighbourhood Watch Schemes – which are known to reduce crime rates – in each area.

Martyn Underhill said: “Our bobby van has already made a difference to a lot of peoples’ lives, and has proved so popular it is working at capacity, so a second van providing enhanced security measures to homes is a real result.

“I’m confident that the combination of these measures will enable Dorset Police and our other partners to reduce crime across both of these areas in a sustainable way, and I want to thank the members of my team who have made this possible.”

Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “Burglary crime can have a devastating impact on victims, who are often left feeling vulnerable in the very place they should feel safe. We are committed to tackling this crime. The Force recorded a 10.3% reduction in total burglary offences to the year ending March 2020, but we will not be complacent and we will continue to find new ways of preventing crime, supporting victims and working with our partner agencies.

“This additional funding will allow the Force to continue to expand the work we have already carried out, and help us to provide an outstanding service to the people of Dorset. I am grateful to the PCC and his team for securing this funding.”

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