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An update on our work to tackle violence against women and girls in Epsom

Over the past year, we’ve stepped up our proactive measures to tackle violence against women and girls, particularly in Epsom town centre’s night-time economy.

Following a survey last year, we know that young women felt the most unsafe in Epsom Town Centre at night and through the work we’ve been doing to address that, we’ve seen non-domestic sexual offences against women aged 18-29 reduce by half. In fact, sexual offences have reduced month on month since March 2023, when compared to offences reported over the previous 12 month period.

Borough Commander Inspector Jon Vale said: “We want Epsom to be safe and feel safe for everyone to enjoy at any time of day. While there’s still more work to do, I’m encouraged to see a significant reduction in these type of offences against young women. Through funding from the Safer Streets project, we’ve worked with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey to put in place long-term measures to deter offenders, such as installing new CCTV cameras and providing venues with anti-drink spiking products. Where these crimes do happen, our officers are conducting thorough investigations. Of the four reports we currently have under investigation for the town centre, we’ve so far arrested individuals in three of these cases, with one man charged for two counts of sexual assault and due to appear in court in January.

"From June, we also introduced plain clothed behaviour detection officers as part of our proactive night-time patrols, who can identify individuals displaying predatory behaviour. This has resulted in interventions against 10 men, with officers stepping in to safeguard those around them before offences had taken place.”

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