How can we make the North East safer?

NORTHUMBRIA Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness is calling on the people in the North East, particularly women, to have their say in the fight against crimes in public spaces like street harassment and violence. A new online survey aims to understand how safe people feel when going about their daily lives, in our region.

Police and Crime Commissioners have been invited to apply for a Home Office fund specifically aimed at tackling violence against women and girls. And so, Kim McGuinness really wants to hear from local residents about their experiences and what makes them feel uncomfortable or even frightened when they are out and about, day or night.

The survey responses will inform a bid for Home Office cash from the £25m Safer Streets 3 programme. The programme focuses on improving the safety of public spaces, particularly addressing crimes that disproportionately affect women and girls and putting measures in place to make people feel safe when in they are out and about.

The survey will run until 21 June 2021. Survey findings will be incorporated into the Safer Streets 3 bids, which have to be submitted by 15 July 2021. The Government is expected to announce successful bids at the end of August.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. To take the survey, go to: