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Taking Women's Safety Seriously

Locally, our teams are supporting police to promote Street Safe and Walk and Talks for women in the business community to share their views and experiences of areas they feel unsafe going to and from work. In May, Safer Stratford partnered with local police to gather a clear understanding of staff safety after dark following increased concerns. The BCRP gathered 120 survey responses which showed just under half of all staff perceived a drop in safety during darker hours; many saying that they would take a longer journey home or spend money on a taxi rather than pass through specific areas at night. The responses were fed into the police and Council which led to increased patrols, improved CCTV and a refresh of disused phone boxes which were attracting ASB.

Inspector Carrie Chapman says “We have had real success in tackling violence against women and girls in Stratford. This is a result of dedicated and sustained activity on behalf

of us, are partners and the public. As a result, we have seen the highest reductions in terms of reported offences of VAWG and the highest sanction detection rates of reported offences within the entire MPS.”

We are keen to replicate similar work across our BCRPs to gain a true understanding of areas women feel unsafe and have already completed ‘Night Audits’ in partnership with Marble Arch BID.

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