City Police launches initiative to tackle violence against women and girls

City Police launches initiative to tackle violence against women and girls
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City of London Police is hosting Walk and Talk events to canvass public opinion on how the City can become a safer destination for women.

The launch comes as figures from Transport for London (TfL) show the number of people coming into the Square Mile is now nearing pre-pandemic levels.

New TfL data for March of this year indicates that use of Liverpool Street station was around 75 per cent of pre-pandemic levels for those traveling on a Thursday.

Weekend journeys made in and out of the City via Liverpool Street station are now higher than before the start of the pandemic.

Figures show that there has been a 22 per cent increase in the use of the station at weekends, compared to its use before COVID-19.

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With more people coming into the Square Mile, the force is inviting women aged 18 or over to discuss areas in the City where they might feel vulnerable and talk about what can be done to alleviate their concerns.

Commissioner Angela McLaren, said: “Preventing acts of violence against women and girls is one of our top priorities and we want you to know that we are doing all we can to make you feel safe.

“We know that the City of London is a safe place, but we also understand that there have to be conversations about concerns women have, and what we can do to improve trust in the police.”

Walk and Talk events are open to women who live or work in the City and an opportunity for them to highlight their experiences and discuss ways police can make them feel more secure.

This could be pointing out issues to officers, such as a street they don’t feel safe walking down at night, poor lighting along certain roads, or maybe asking for security cameras to be installed in certain areas.

The front office at Bishopsgate Police Station is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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