£549,000 funding to reduce crime in Coventry suburbs

The installation of CCTV, new lamp posts to improve lightning and the distribution of home security packs are just some of the initiatives the funding will make possible.

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem, has led a successful bid to secure £549,040 from the Safer Streets Fund to be spent on initiatives focused on reducing crime in the suburbs of Coventry.

The funding will be spent in the Hillfields area, specifically on initiatives such as installing CCTV, increasing the number of lamp posts to improve lighting and supplying residents with home security packs.

The funding will also be used to commission local community groups to engage with residents to reduce acquisitive crime by distributing crime prevention literature across the area and offer home safety kits.

Local residents will also be encouraged to join the local Street Watch group, which has been highlighted as an effective way of preventing crime.

Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, Abdul Salam Khan, praised the news, saying he was “pleased that we have been successful in our bid for the safer streets funding.”

“This extra funding stream will help us to make Hillfields a safer and more welcoming part of our City. I am sure residents will welcome the news and want to work in partnership to help us reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the neighbourhood,” he added.

Coventry Police Superintendent, Phil Healy, commented: “This is excellent news for the communities of Hillfields.

“The funding will support the wider work we are undertaking with our partners within Hillfields”.

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem, is encouraging local residents to join the Street Watch group, saying that it is the best for local residents to take an active role in reducing crime.