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Police Commissioner helps drive home safety message to Nottingham’s freshers

Students are known to be at higher risk of all crime including burglary.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has teamed up with police in the city to help students protect themselves from burglary as part of a major crime prevention project.

Commissioner Henry joined police at the University of Nottingham’s Fresher’s Fair yesterday (20 September) to bring home vital crime prevention advice and hand-out free window alarms funded through the Safer Streets project.

Commissioner Henry has secured £432k from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund to invest in a catalogue of safety improvements in the Arboretum and Lenton Triangle areas of Nottingham.

The cash will pay for free security upgrades at up to 500 residential properties – including previous burglary victims and neighbouring properties – and free Ring doorbell devices at up to 375 properties in the city.

It will also cover additional policing to reduce the fear of crime and boost police visibility in the area as well as fund a new CCTV camera in Bridlington Park which will be live-monitored at the City Council’s CCTV control room.

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Commissioner Henry, who is working in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council on the project, said: “Freshers week is an exciting time and we know that across Nottingham, students will be eager to get out and about to explore the city.

“While we don’t want to dampen the fun, it’s important to make students aware of key safety advice that could prevent their first few weeks of independence becoming memorable for the wrong reasons.

“I know I’m biased but Nottinghamshire is the best place to live and be a student! That being said, it’s important students stay responsible and stay safe.”

Chief Inspector Amy English, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Students make up a large part of the city’s population and every year we welcome them to the area with engagement events at the university Freshers’ Fairs.

“This gives us a perfect opportunity to start a conversation about the neighbourhoods they may be moving to and allow them to meet the local police officers who will be patrolling near their homes and chat about how we can help them enjoy a safe and harmonious time alongside other residents.

“We also offer crime prevention advice, including the Safer Streets initiative to prevent burglary and acquisitive crime that is currently running in the Arboretum and Lenton triangle areas of Nottingham city.”

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