Safer Streets project

In June 2021, the Home Office announced that Reading had been successful in its bid for approximately £402,000, which was submitted by Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, to tackle neighbourhood crime issues, such as robbery, burglary and vehicle crime, specifically in parts of Coley and Oxford Road.

Officers from Reading Borough Council, Thames Valley Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (Thames Valley) and local residents are now working on a number of initiatives, funded through the Safer Streets project to reduce these crimes in these areas, including:

  • Working with the local community in these areas to engage them with crime prevention through advice and education and designing out crime
  • Enhanced burglary packs for victims of burglary
  • Installation of additional CCTV in areas of concern.
  • Providing crime prevention packs to landlords to make their properties more secure
  • Training for frontline officers in crime prevention so that personalised crime prevention advice can be given to residents

The funding allocated by the Home Officer must be spent by 31 March 2022.