Have Your Say Today - Safety - Have Your Say: Night Time Strategy Wandsworth

Safety

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Our recommendations to improve safety:

1Promote later opening hours for a range of businesses in alignment with Council policies, with a greater consideration of safety benefits and the consideration of the night time work force


2Improve street lighting through well-considered interventions that respond to the local area, prioritising locations that night time users tell us are problematic, ensuring they are creative and welcoming as well as practical


3Encourage, where appropriate, spill out spaces of cafés, restaurants and bars onto back streets to improve activity and contribute to a sense of safety (through table and chair use where practical) 


4Work with local businesses to consider practical solutions to improve perceptions of safety at night, such as locking gates, placing bins in appropriate places and ensuring walkways are kept clear


5An enhanced ‘place-based’ approach to existing Council and Police joint working to identify crime hotspots, consider more CCTV, tackle Violence Against Women and Girls and provide greater police presence and faster response rate in areas of need 


6Police, Council and businesses to work together to reduce crime through initiatives such as Ask for Angela / Wave training, Good Night Out campaign, White Ribbon and Women’s Night Safety Charter, continued torch walks, with aspirations for Purple Flag status 


7All new drinking establishments to require sexual harassment training provided by the Council when applying for a licence, and encourage existing establishments to undertake training too 


8Council to partner with external organisations to offer bystander, personal safety and self-defence training 


9Enhanced communications and outreach support at night offering help to rough sleepers, people suffering mental health problems and women escaping domestic abuse

Wandsworth has signed up to the Mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter, with the aim of making London a city where all women feel confident and welcome at night. 

To support the Charter, any organisation that operates at night can sign-up and pledge to the below commitments:

  • Nominate a champion in your organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety 

  • Demonstrate to staff and customers that your organisation takes women’s safety at night seriously, for example through a communications campaign

  • Remind customers and staff that London is safe, but tell them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling

  • Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders as part of your communications campaign

  • Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed

  • Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to 

  • Design your public spaces and work places to make them safer for women at night

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