Blackburn with Darwen Council have been awarded £750k aimed at making the Queens Park and Highercroft areas safer with activity including alley gating and home security packages.
Preston Council were also successful in their application which will see over £146k used to target crime and anti-social behaviour in Preston City Centre with a focus on the night-time economy and the St Matthews area with CCTV, lighting and activities and engagement.
The funding comes through round four of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund, that sees grants given to projects that will reduce neighbourhood crime such as burglary and robbery, anti-social behaviour and violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said:
“I’m delighted that these bids to the Government’s Safer Streets Fund have been successful and will see almost £900k invested into keeping people safe in Preston and Blackburn with Darwen. I supported them because they are exactly what my Fighting Crime Plan is all about, making Lancashire a hostile place for criminals and protecting the overwhelming majority of law-abiding people who just want to get on with their lives.
“The money secured for Lancashire through the Safer Streets Fund is a great example of how by working together, identifying issues and committing to a proactive, solutions-based approach we can invest into communities and fight crime.
“That’s also why I launched my Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund earlier this year to address local concerns and support the work of local policing teams. As I continue to lead the fight against crime I will continue to work closely with the force and partners across Lancashire to that investment into making people safer delivers value for money and, crucially, positive results that make a lasting difference.”