28 February 2019 - Ongoing initiatives to reduce violence, anti-social behaviour and gang related crime across the borough have been welcomed by councillors.

The Safer Basildon Partnership Strategy, which was approved at Full Council in July 2018, sets out a number of crime prevention priorities to make the borough a safer place to live, work in and visit. These include reducing re-offending, promoting home safety and tackling domestic abuse.

The Communities Committee last night (Wednesday 27 February) endorsed the progress being made, which includes working with primary and secondary schools to raise awareness of knife crime and grooming. A knife amnesty bin was also installed outside Basildon Police Station last month thanks to a partnership between Safer Basildon and Only Cowards Carry.  There is a second knife amnesty bin already in place in Pitsea, opposite Chalvedon Social Club.

Additional activities include training local businesses to spot signs of child exploitation, patrolling residential areas to identify properties at risk of burglary and developing links with community groups to raise awareness of gangs and online safety.

Cllr Andy Barnes, Chairman of the Communities Committee, said: "It's important that we reach out to residents to promote crime prevention, provide reassurance and give them the opportunity to discuss their community safety concerns, but there is also a lot of work going on behind the scenes to reduce crime and disorder across the borough.

"We're committed to working together with our partners to protect vulnerable people, tackle re-offending and focus on early intervention. The Safer Basildon strategy was shaped using feedback from our residents, and focuses on the issues which really matter to our communities."

To find out more about the work of Safer Basildon, visit www.basildon.gov.uk/saferbasildon