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New initiative to encourage young people to be Street W!se

A new initiative has launched where all Year 6 and Secondary School students in the borough will receive Travel Card holders to raise awareness of the importance of staying safe when out and about.

In the past 18 months Richmond has seen an increase in the number of personal robberies with nearly half of all robberies targeted at 11-18 year olds. The community has responded by creating a working group called ‘Keeping Richmond Safe For Everyone – Richmond Robberies’ to tackle youth mugging, and robberies are now reducing as a result.

The working group includes representatives from the Council’s Community Safety Service, Achieving for Children, the Metropolitan Police Service , and various local community groups, including ‘Mothers Against Mugging’.

The group’s crime awareness and prevention campaign - Street W!se – will see representatives from Keeping Richmond Safe For Everyone and the local police visit all secondary and primary schools in the borough to hand out a Street W!se Travel Card holder and deliver 15 minute safety presentations - addressing over 20,000 young people. 

The initiative was launched in November 2019

Mothers Against Muggings are visiting local schools to provide our young people with some simple safety tips to help them be Street W!se when out and about. Find out more and watch video on the Mothers Against Muggings Facebook page