Home Office written question – answered on 16th December 2020.

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Photo of Imran Ahmad Khan Imran Ahmad Khan Conservative, Wakefield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce burglaries in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

On 1 October 2019, my Rt Hon Friend, the Home Secretary announced the £25m Safer Streets Fund. The fund supports communities in England and Wales that are disproportionately affected by acquisitive crimes, including burglary, to implement well evidenced crime prevention initiatives, such as street lighting and home security.

West Yorkshire PCC was successful in receiving £709,311 across two projects in Bradford (£549,375) and Leeds (£159,936). The funding will go towards improving the physical security of homes, improved street lighting, installation of CCTV cameras and crime prevention advice for residents.

The Government is clear that these crimes, when they take place, should be reported to the police so that they can be investigated appropriately. To help ensure the police have the resources they need to carry out these investigations, we are recruiting 20,000 officers by March 2023. Specifically, within West Yorkshire, they have been allocated an additional 256 officers in the first year of uplift. At 30 September 2020 the force is 308 officers into uplift against its baseline and has therefore already exceeded its year one allocation.

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