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Female revellers to be given panic alarms

Created on 26/04/2022 @ 09:04

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has secured additional funding from the Home Office’s Safer Streets fund to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) in several hotspots in the force area.

A total of £45,000 of additional funding has been secured to increase safety at what the force describes as ‘busy night-time economy hotspots’, with Newtown one of those places identified, but not Welshpool.

The funding will go towards purchasing women’s safety kits, community Pop Up Safe Spaces and Training and Assessment for Licensed Premises.

The 2,000 women’s safety kits will be distributed in Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Haverfordwest and Newtown and include a torch, panic alarm and anti-spike drink cover.

Also included will be a unique SelectaDNA Personal Defence Spray that works by spraying the offender with an invisible synthetic DNA solution, marking skin and clothing for days, weeks or even months – greatly increasing the chances of conviction. 

Licensed premises in Newtown will also be given access to the Security and Vulnerability Initiative (SAVI) tools to help owners and operators of licensed premises to provide a safe and secure environment for their managers, staff, customers and local communities. SAVI does this by providing personalised advice and recommendations to promote prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance, and the protection of children from harm.

Deputy Chief Constable, Claire Parmenter, said: “This money will continue to allow our neighbourhood policing teams to deliver initiatives around tackling violence against women and girls, improving the safety of women at night, and working with our night-time economy partners to improve safety for everyone.”

“Dyfed-Powys Police continues to work hard to improve safety in our neighbourhoods. We welcome the thoughts of the many partner organisations, businesses and citizens that call Dyfed-Powys home, and of course to the thousands of visitors we see to the force area each year.”

Dyfed-Powys Police Officers and Staff that will be involved in the initiative were recently provided training by Selectamark on the use of the Womens’ Safety Kits ahead of their distribution at busy night-time economy locations in the Dyfed-Powys area.

PICTURE: Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn (front, second right) with stakeholders to mark the funding success

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