DENVER, CO – The House today passed the Safer Streets Act, a bill that would utilize $10.3 million to assist local governments in making critical improvements that will prevent crime and improve public safety in Colorado. SB22-001 passed the House by a vote of 40 to 22.
“With proven crime prevention and reduction strategies, we can create safer Colorado neighborhoods,” said Rep. Naquetta Ricks, D-Aurora. “Our bill will give local governments the resources they need to maintain and improve public spaces so everyone can enjoy a safer community. I’m proud to champion this evidence-based legislation that will cut down on crime and create more beautiful neighborhoods in the process.”
“No matter your zip code, you deserve to feel safe,” said Rep. Kerry Tipper, D-Lakewood “The Safer Streets Act is an evidence-based bill that will foster the development of safer neighborhoods so we can reduce crime and boost community pride. Thanks to important community input and smart investments in crime prevention tactics such as good lighting and well-maintained public spaces, we can create a safer Colorado for everyone. ”
The Safer Streets Act, sponsored by Representatives Naquetta Ricks and Kerry Tipper, creates a $10.3 million grant program for local governments to make critical, evidence-based improvements that will cut down on crime.
Local governments and community non-profit organizations partnering with local governments can apply for grants that make physical improvements to the built environment that increase visibility through improved lighting, direct foot traffic and improve aesthetics through graffiti and trash removal.
The bill utilizes Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, an effective tool for reducing crime. Research and case studies have proven that the safe design of the physical environment can result in a lower incidence of crime, increased safety, and an overall increase in quality of life.