Making Harrow safer for women and girls

Whether at home or out and about, Harrow should be a place where women and girls feel safe to live, work and visit.

As part of our ongoing campaign to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) - our survey to find out where people may feel vulnerable or have experienced threatening behaviour has moved to a new platform. You can access the survey online.

If you live, work, study or socialise in Harrow, you can have a say in what areas make you feel safe or unsafe.  While mainly asking for the experience of women and girls, the survey welcomes the views of all genders.

Councillor Anjana Patel, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Community Safety, said:

“No one should be made to feel unsafe on our streets at any time of the day. That’s why I want to hear from the community on what we can do to help make you feel safe. Maybe this means improvements to street lighting, more CCTV cameras, or better signage. 

“By collecting data on safety in public spaces from as many people as possible, we can create a constructive, community collaboration on improving spaces for women and girls – and everyone.

“We know that feeling safe can be influenced by many factors, including age, gender expression, race, ethnicity, visible religious affiliation, and expression of sexuality, as well as how dark it is and how many people are outside. We just need your help to better understand exactly what it’s like for people in our borough.

“I encourage as many people as possible to take part and have a role in helping to make Harrow’s streets safer.” 

Feedback will help officers better understand the concerns, perceptions and experiences of women and girls in Harrow and identify public spaces of concern, what improvements are needed and to communicate what will be done to alleviate these problems.

The information will also be relayed in discussions with the community and partners.   

Published: 26th October 2023