Stephen Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock launched his ‘Safer Streets’ initiative in Pitsea Town Centre on Monday September 3.
The ‘Safer Streets’ Project will focus on the Pitsea Shopping Centre and the residents on estates surrounding it.
Roger Hirst, Essex Police Crime Commissioner, Councillors Craig Rimmer and Luke MacKenzie and Simon Johnson from the Heart of Pitsea Group all joined Stephen to launch this initiative aimed at tackling the vulnerability crime can cause.
Local shops and businesses have signed up to the project and will soon be displaying signs in their windows to say that they are a ‘safe zone’.
The pledge is that if a company or shop is displaying a sticker then anyone feeling vulnerable or threatened in the area can enter the building and help will be called for them.
Basildon Police have pledged to support the businesses and will respond to any calls for
help that are received.
MP Stephen said: “The aim of the Safer Streets project to reduce the fear of crime and to show the community of Pitsea that no-one should ever feel vulnerable in their own community.
“The first responsibility of Government is to keep our country and its citizens safe, and protect our way of life and our values. The Police, Councillors, businesses and I are all working together to help make them feel safer.
“This this social project follows on from the single most significant local investment in deployable policing in a decade. Make no mistake, we are tackling crime head on”.
Police funding in Essex will increase by up to £8.8 million in 2018/19 as a result.
150 new visible officers have already been confirmed by Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and will start to appear on the beat from September this year.
Basildon and Thurrock policing districts will be assigned 20% of these 150 new officers, with more deployable at short notice.