Views sought in fight against crimes in public spaces

Residents, particularly women, are being invited to have their say in the fight against crimes in public spaces such as street harassment and violence.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 7:00 am
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness.

A new online survey has been launched 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 now Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness 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.

Miss McGuinness said: “Our region, thankfully, is one of the safest but I am more than aware there are still places and situations where people feel unsafe and vulnerable and we need to do something about it.

“The terrible experience of Sarah Everard in London struck a chord with so many women I know and the spotlight is on women’s safety now more than ever, and rightly so. Sarah should have been safe, and she wasn’t.

“So I want people to make the most of this opportunity to speak out and tell me what they think so we can improve safety in our region and improve lives for everyone.

“I want to be in a position where we can deliver some really serious solutions to people’s worries and concerns and we want to hear what could be done to make people feel safer.”

The survey ends on June 21. To take the survey, visit http://bit.ly/NorthumbriaSSFR3