A Safer Keyham

Please note this page is no longer being updated but contains news and events which previously happened

In December 2021 it was announced that £800,000 of Home Office funding had been granted to Keyham, Ford and the surrounding areas to pay for a programme of community engagement and crime prevention which aimed to reassure residents that their neighbourhoods are safe places to live, work and play.

The Home Office funding had been split into two grants:

  • A Safer Keyham grant of £308,000 for crime prevention measures such as better home security, improved CCTV and lighting upgrades, environmental improvements, community training, youth engagement and projects to improve the community.
  • A Keyham Community Policing fund of £514,000 to provide community reassurance and pay for a dedicated community team of police officers for the area as well as funding problem solving activity and youth engagement support.

Over the next few months residents began to see the results of the funding programme in the Keyham, Ford and surrounding areas.


Report highlights impact of community initiatives following Keyham tragedy: A research team from the University of Plymouth was appointed to undertake an independent evaluation of the Home Office funded community policing and community safety activities and the Ministry of Justice funded victim support activities in Keyham and the surrounding areas following the critical incident of 12 August 2021. This evaluation is now complete and you can read the final report here. The evaluation team can be contacted at keyhamevaluation@plymouth.ac.uk

A community drop-in wildlife meadow creation event took place at Alexandra Park on Tuesday, 28 March between 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Dozens of residents joined Green Minds, Black Dog Honey Bees Ltd and Devon Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Communities for an afternoon of free wildlife meadow creation and nature themed activities. To find out more visit here

More improvements for the Keyham green spaces are coming soon. Find out more about the programme of tree planting and enhancing our wildlife meadows. In other recent news Green Minds and the Keyham Mini Police have also won an award for their contribution to the green spaces of our area. Read all about it here.

Final Greenspace Designs for Alexandra Park, North Down Crescent and Knowle Avenue announced. Following a variety of community workshops and feedback from residents final plans for greenspace improvements in three particular areas in Keyham can now be viewed. These will complement the good work which has already taken place in Keyham and thanks to everyone who contributed to the final designs.

In a recent development YGS Landscapes has been busy getting the ground prepped for the wildlife meadow areas planned for Alexandra Park, North Down Crescent Park and Knowle Avenue. To find out more about the meadow preparations visit here

The Keyham Community Policing Team has put together a leaflet, for distribution across Keyham, detailing key statistics showing their success in reducing crime in the area since the awful event of 12 August, 2021. You can read it here: Keyham leaflet 2022

Improvements for a Safer Keyham. Read about the recent evening walkabout in the area which focused on the physical improvements to Keyham’s green spaces to make the area safer following consultation with residents.

STOP PRESS: Free personal alarms, personal security packs, door tamper alarms, alarmed door wedges and additional safety/home security equipment are now available at the following venues for anyone who might need them:

Keyham Green Places (KGP), 163 Renown Street

Wolseley Trust Community Centre, Wolseley Close

Mindset Project, Ford Gym, Wolseley Close


You can see copies of the Safer Keyham newsletter which we sent out to all residents here:

Safer Keyham Newsletter (January 2022)

Safer Keyham Newsletter No 2 (August 2022) 

Safer Keyham Newsletter No 3 (May 2023)


And below are a few articles about some of the other initiatives which took place in our area:

Play your part in the future of our green spaces

Improvements for a safer Keyham

Keyham’s Greenspace Plan taking root 

Feel Safe Scheme for Keyham and Ford

Reclaiming our public spaces

Training for People Working with Young People 

Giving youth a voice

Trauma Informed Courses for Keyham

New CCTV and street lighting

Community training

Keyham Community Sparks Grant

The Keyham Community Policing Fund