Safer Streets Fund toolkit

Help to access investment for improved safety in public areas through the Safer Streets Fund.

  • The fourth round of the Safer Streets Fund is now open for bids. Applications should be submitted before Friday 13 May. 

The Safer Streets Fund toolkit helps policing to access the Home Office's Safer Streets Fund, which provides investment in crime prevention measures.

The toolkit can help forces, local authorities and police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to plan their bids to the Safer Streets Fund and select appropriate interventions for their area. It can also help operational police officers when considering local interventions in neighbourhoods.

The toolkit provides:

  • resources to help identify and analyse problems

  • an evidence-based guide to the situational crime prevention tactics that can be used to tackle neighbourhood crime

  • information on implementation considerations and lead in times for the tactics that will help to inform decision-making

  • case studies to provide examples of where a problem-solving approach to acquisitive crime has worked well in the past

We developed the toolkit with the Home Office, the Police Crime Prevention Initiative and a subject matter expert group.

For further information or to provide feedback on the toolkit, email saferstreets@homeoffice.gov.uk

Evidence briefings to support applications

The fourth round focuses on schemes to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG) and antisocial behaviour. 

To support schemes to reduce violence against women and girls, we've developed two evidence briefings.

Violence against women and girls in public spaces

This briefing provides details of evidence-based strategies, tactics and general approaches that have the potential to reduce VAWG in public spaces. It does not include approaches specifically targeted at reducing domestic abuse.

Bystander programmes

This review summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of bystander programmes to prevent sexual assault among young people. These programmes, which are mainly delivered in educational settings, aim to encourage young people to intervene when witnessing incidents or warning signs of sexual assault.

About the Safer Streets Fund

The Safer Streets Fund is a Home Office fund. It enables PCCs and local authorities to bid for investment in initiatives that have been proven to prevent neighbourhood crime. It aims to support areas with high levels of crime in England and Wales.

Bidding for round four of the Safer Streets Fund is now open. The bidding period ends on Friday 13 May 2022. 

Other aims of the fund

The primary aims of round four are to:

  • reduce neighbourhood crimes (such as domestic burglary, robbery, theft from person and vehicle crime)
  • reduce antisocial behaviour, making individuals and communities safer
  • change attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women and girls (VAWG) in public places and reduce VAWG crimes in public
  • improve feelings of safety for everyone within the community, in particular women and girls’ feelings of safety in public spaces and the night-time economy
  • build the evidence base for what works to reduce neighbourhood crimes and antisocial behaviour, and for changing attitudes and behaviours in relation to VAWG in the public domain
  • make local areas safer and reduce demand on the police to focus on higher harm crimes
  • increase local area trust in policing and local government and their activities within the community
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