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A pioneering scheme to reduce burglary and vehicle crime in two areas in Hertfordshire has been boosted with over £200,000 additional funding.

Hundreds of individual properties in Cheshunt will receive free security upgrades as part of the Safer Streets initiative.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd initially secured £618,629 from the Home Office last year. Now the government has contributed a further £83,000 and Mr Lloyd has given an additional £119,983 from the Commissioner’s Prevention and Innovation Fund.

A range of crime reduction measures are to be installed to help ‘design out crime’ and prevent victimisation by reducing the vulnerability of properties, making it harder for offenders to commit crime.

In Cheshunt East, the Coopers Walk Estate will see improvements including live monitored CCTV; new front garden fencing and gates; defensible landscaping; intercoms on communal doors and upgraded lighting. Social landlord, B3Living are to upgrade the security cameras and install additional ones from their own budget as well as assisting with the installation of the other security measures at B3Living homes on the estate.

Broxbourne Borough Council is also involved in the project, including the installation of alley-gates to improve security and reduce access to backgardens.

Homes in neighbouring streets Davison Drive and Rowley Gardens are to get new high security ‘Secured by Design’ external doors and window locks, and garden fencing upgrades.

At the second project site, properties in Shortmead Drive, Limes Road, Springfield Road and Northfield Road will also benefit from upgraded doors and locks, smart video enabled doorbells and video-recording security lights and garden security.

In both areas, work is also being undertaken to give residents crime prevention advice and support to help prevent themselves from being victims of crime and support efforts to bring the community together and build networks.

Hertfordshire Constabulary have visited approximately 200 homes to carry out free security assessments since the start of the project. Where security risks are identified, technicians from Hertfordshire Home Security Service, run by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, make a follow up visit to install door locks, window locks, and garage defenders.

Hertfordshire was one of 35 PCC areas across the country to receive money from the Home Office Safer Streets fund to invest in targeted measures to design out and reduce acquisitive crimes.

Mr Lloyd said: “I am proud to see this innovative investment project being carried out in Hertfordshire. There is a strong evidence base that target hardening properties and designing out crime has a substantial deterrent effect.

“Reducing burglaries, car crime and anti-social behaviour means less victims and it reduces demand on the police, saving time and money in the long run.”

Councillor Siobhan Monaghan, Broxbourne Council Cabinet Member for Community and Housing said: “The Home Office funding, and the additional funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Prevention and Innovation fund will allow many properties in this area to benefit from free upgrades to home and garden security. This scheme will help householders understand the vulnerabilities of their properties so that the necessary measures to reduce them can be put in place.”

B3Living’s Executive Director, Chris Ellison added: “Feeling safe in your home is essential. So, it’s excellent that so many of our customers will be benefitting from these modern security features. Investing in homes and communities is always on our agenda, but this level of funding and having all these partners working together helps us achieve so much more.”

Broxbourne Chief Inspector Frankie Westoby said: “We strive to make our Borough as safe as possible and of course welcome this project and the additional funding as a boost to our aims. Crime prevention advice, along with the improved security measures being installed can only be of a benefit to the community. We look forward to seeing the project develop.”

Cllr Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Our fire and rescue service is proud to be a part of this multi-agency initiative to reduce crime and, as a result, improve wellbeing for Broxbourne Borough residents. Skilled technicians from Hertfordshire Home Security Service have been fitting security devices as part of their broader role for many years, and we are delighted that they are able to use these skills to reduce crime in the Borough of Broxbourne.”
Work is currently underway in both locations to carry out the improvements and is set to be completed by the end of spring.