£108,000 secured to make streets safer in Hinckley town centre

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 26 June 2021

£108,000 OF funding has been secured to make the streets of Hinckley town centre safer, following a successful bid to the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund.

The money from the funds will help reduce crime rates, create safer neighbourhoods, and improve security across the town centre.

It was secured in conjunction with the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police Commission (PCC).

The Hinckley and Bosworth Community Safety Partnership plan to use the money to complete a range of safety projects to protect Hinckley’s high street.

A few of the initiatives include:

  • More CCTV cameras for enhanced coverage of ‘key’ town centre areas
  • Installing new automatic number plate recognition cameras
  • Additional radios for the BID’s ‘Radio Link’ scheme

The BID-managed ‘Radio Link’ scheme links up businesses, Police, and CCTV, ensuring timely responses to any incidents and increases the chances of evidence gathering and prosecution.

Qualifying households will be offered free security upgrades that will help to make their homes inaccessible to criminals.

A slice of the cash will further be dedicated to solely removing graffiti.

Cllr. Michael Mullaney, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety, said: “Securing this funding is a welcome boost to tackling neighbourhood crime in Hinckley town centre and will reinforce the investment the Council has made to improve community safety in recent years.

“This funding will go towards a host of crime prevention measures including the installation of new and upgraded CCTV and make a difference to our residents and wider communities.

“The improvements have been based on data and consultation with local communities and we will now work hard to ensure the improvements are implemented by March 2022.

“We look forward to updating communities further as the improvements progress.”

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