More than £400,000 has been secured by Manchester City Council as part of a project to reduce neighbourhood crime.

Following a successful bid to the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund, £432,000 can now be spent on community schemes in Rusholme and Moss Side.

This area is largely residential and has encountered issues such as business and residential burglary, theft and vehicle crime.

A series of initiatives are planned and include the The installation of five new CCTV cameras and of fencing around the rear of properties identified as at risk

Target hardening, including the installation of 200 door cameras, and physical improvements to security at 100 homes (doors, windows, rear fencing)

Outreach work will also take place through a community facilitator programme, whereby residents will be able to feed back to the Council about proposed changes, or what new elements are required to create safer neighbourhoods.

Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We want our communities to be places where residents can feel safe and secure, which is why this funding is an important step in the right direction.

“By making small but significant changes we will be able to make people feel safe in their homes and businesses, whilst creating a deterrent against any criminal behaviour.

“The root causes of crime can be complex but that does not mean as a Council we can’t take action to prevent it, and allow our communities to prosper.”


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