People living in Wiltshire are being asked what they think needs to be done to make the county's streets and public spaces safer at night. 

There has been an increased spotlight on public safety following the murder of Sarah Everard by a Metropolitan Police officer, leading to an increase in funds being available to local councils. 

Now the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, along with Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council have launched a survey which will 'shape a charter' with the aim of making public spaces safer for all at night. 

The Safer Nights Charter is inspired by the pledges created for the Mayor of London's Women's Night Safety Charter, and a similar one recently launched in Exeter. 

Organisations that operate in the late-night economy, such as bars, pubs, clubs, taxis and the many others will be encouraged to voluntarily sign up to the charter with the aim of working together to make a positive, proactive change.

PCC Philip Wilkinson said: “Only by working with residents and late-night establishments will we be able to effectively make public spaces at night safer for all and that’s why it’s so important for us to understand what practical steps we can take as a collective.

“It’s important that this charter is fit for purpose and encompasses all those who use public spaces at night, be it those who socialise in bars, pubs, and clubs or perhaps work in the late-night economy, travel home from work, exercise, travel home from visiting friends and family and all the other reasons in between.”

Representatives from Swindon and Wiltshire councils also urged locals to take part. 

Councillor Peter Hutton, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for safeguarding, said: “Everyone wants to feel as safe as possible when they’re out and about at night – whether that’s enjoying the night-time economy, working a late shift or just travelling."

Councillor Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council's cabinet member for health inequalities and housing, added: “In order to make Swindon’s streets safer for the public, we have to hear from the public themselves, to understand what they think would make the biggest difference when it comes to making them feel safe at night."

The survey runs until Tuesday, July 19. To take part visit