A statement from Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency
Published: Friday, 11th September 2020
Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said:
"Over the next few months we will be developing our community safety strategy for the next three years. This strategy will take into account the impact of coronavirus on the borough and its recovery. Our aim is to work together, with our residents to create stronger, cohesive communities which in turns lead to less crime.
"At the Council we have a dedicated community safety team whose focus is to reduce crime and increase feelings of safety. The team works with the other services across the Council and with our partners. We also work closely with the Met Police who are instrumental in helping us remain a safe, low crime borough.
"Whilst the country saw unprecedented reductions in crime reported to the police during lockdown, some areas of crime such as domestic abuse/violence, saw huge increases in demand for specialist frontline services and referrals. As part of the strategy we will be considering the impact of the pandemic on crime and adapt our services where required.
"As part of our commitment to helping the borough recover we launched the Thriving Community: Hounslow Response Fund to support local groups and charities to help alleviate the impact of coronavirus and to continue to help the residents that depend on their services. Groups that we have funded include those that work with victims of domestic violence and groups providing activities for young people.
"Our residents are at the heart of everything we do and your safety is of paramount importance to us. I would like to urge you all to lookout for each other and help us help you keep your neighbourhoods and the borough safe.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our internal and external partners for the tremendous work they have done over the past few months in helping us keep you safe."