Crime in North Worcestershire is down by 6.3% according to figures from North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership (NWCSP). 952 fewer offences were recorded across Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest in the last year. The biggest reduction was in crime linked to the night time economy and there was also a substantial decrease in the percentage of people who think that anti-social behaviour in their local area is a problem.
The figures come from NWCSP end of year results. The partnership says it is living up to its vision of ‘keeping North Worcestershire a safer place to live, work and visit’.
Sue Hanley, Chair of North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership said:
“We are extremely pleased with this result but it does not mean that we will become complacent. We will keep on working together to help you feel safe where you live and continue to reduce crime, the fear of crime, disorder and the anti-social behaviour that affects our local communities.”
NWCSP provides a co-ordinated approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and works with agencies and communities to address local community safety issues. Funding comes from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Projects during 2014/15 will target the Partnership’s priorities which are tackling anti-social behaviour, preventing violence and abuse, burglary and to reduce reoffending.
NWCSP is currently working together to deliver a campaign which aims to raise awareness and tackle all forms of hate crime during Hate Crime Awareness Week. It is a national campaign which starts on Monday 13 October. The message is ‘Report It!’ and there will be pop-up shops and street performers engaging with passers by across the three areas.
Between April 2012 and March 2013 West Mercia Police dealt with 2533 crimes linked to domestic abuse in Worcestershire. The Partnership is already planning a range of activities during the annual ‘16 Days Of Action’, in support of the White Ribbon Campaign against domestic abuse. It will start on Tuesday 25 November and run until Wednesday 10 December. This international campaign encourages people to speak out against violence and abuse.
Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:
“Hate crime and domestic abuse incidents affect our communities but are under reported. We hope that these projects will support some of our most vulnerable residents and increase awareness of something that is often seen as ‘behind closed doors’”.
For more information, please visit www.nwcsp.org
Photograph shows the NWCSP Team. (From left to right) Alasdair Baker, Sarah Kelsey, Jeannette Lane, Hilary Hollis, Bev Houghton, Kathryn Washington and Felicity Pate.