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Implement measures to promote a safe environment

Why this is a Priority Objective

Our objectives are:

  • To develop a safer road environment
  • To improve understanding of water safety
  • To improve safety in the home

Safer road environment

Although there has been a considerable reduction in the number of road casualties over the last 10 years, the county still has a higher than average rate of child casualties.  However, County Durham has a significant road network, which presents risks that many other areas do not have. 

Speeding vehicles have been of particular concern to people in County Durham for many years and opportunities exist to reduce that concern as this issue also cuts across the anti-social behaviour objective. 

Water safety

Riverside and water safety is a key issue with 56 incidents occurring in Durham City between January 2010 and March 2015.  

Safety in the home

The Safer Homes Scheme has transformed the way in which isolated, vulnerable and elderly people receive crime and fire safety advice as well as protection. Along with practical help to make homes safer, the project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of those people involved.

The project has been designed to foster further collaboration with as many frontline healthcare professionals, practitioners, families and friends as possible in order to reach the most vulnerable members of the community.  There has been a reduction of approximately 20% in the number of house fires between 19th September 2014 and 31st March 2015 compared to the same period last year. Since the work became mainstream in April 2015, this trend has continued.