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Five people who gave their views on community safety in Nottinghamshire have won free CCTV cameras. The prizes, handed out by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Caroline Henry, were a reward in a survey about the Safer Streets funding for public safety. As in other counties, CCTV, burglary prevention equipment and more street lighting have been fitted 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. She 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.”
Caroline Henry visited Tarina to present her with the camera and thank her for taking part in the survey. Caroline Henry, pictured centre, 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 in March 2022 by the Nottinghamshire PCC Office ran in each of the areas which saw Safer Streets funding. The Ashfield survey suggested that nine out of ten women felt safe during the day and nearly three quarters felt safer as a result of the safety measures funded by Safer Streets in the district. Safer Streets funding was unveiled by the Home Office in January 2020 and a round of funding last year was targeted at violence against women.