This Government invested £70 million over the first three rounds of the Safer Streets Fund to support 159 high crime areas across England and Wales implement local crime prevention initiatives. A further £150 million is due to be invested over the next three years, bringing total investment to £210 million.
Targeted interventions such as improved street lighting and home security aim to drive down crime and there is strong evidence that they can prevent offences ever happening. Since its inception, the Fund has been expanded to cover violence against women and girls and anti-social behaviour as well as neighbourhood crime. Round Four of the Fund launched in March and closed for bidding on 13 May and we plan to announce the outcome shortly.