PCC gets £500,000 to make streets safe for women and girls
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has secured £548,176 in Home Office funding to make streets safer for women and girls.
The Commissioner secured funding for the county as part of the government’s latest round of Safer Streets funding.

The money will be used to support the refurbishment of five underpasses in Hatfield to address street harassment, stalking and sexual assault, plus also secondary crimes including ASB, verbal abuse, robbery and drug dealing.

This will include environmental improvements including new lighting, cutting down overgrown vegetation, mirrors and the removal of graffiti.



Mr Lloyd said: “The safety of women and girls is a real concern to many in Hertfordshire and it is one that I am determined to address. I want to ensure that real changes are made so they can walk our streets and public spaces without fear.

“This scheme will directly improve the safety of thousands of residents in Hatfield, and we will also use the lessons learned from it to see how they can be applied to other parts of the county.

“The funding will also give greater confidence to all members of the public using these spaces and deter all crime from occurring in the underpasses and surrounding areas.”

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will also work with the University of Hertfordshire to provide students with personal attack alarms and subscriptions to a personal safety app.

Wider work will also be undertaken to help build an evidence base for what works on reducing VAWG crimes and increasing women and girls’ feelings of safety in the public spaces.

Nationally, the Government is allocating £25m to PCCs across England and Wales to tackle street safety and reduce violence against women and girls in public spaces.

Crimes which take place in public places such as sexual harassment disproportionately affect women, which is why this latest investment largely focuses on making spaces safer for women and girls.

Since its inception, the Government has committed £70 million to the Safer Streets Fund to support local areas across England and Wales to introduce initiatives aimed at stopping offences happening in the first place.