Thursday, 18 April 2013

Crime Rate Falls in the Consett Area

I was at the most recent Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting in Leadgate and the annual crime figures for the Consett area were discussed. Overall crime has fallen from 1811 to 1597, that means that there were 214 fewer victims of crime in the period April 2012 to March 2013 compared to the same period last year, in other words a 12% decrease.

The figures are heading in the right direction, little consolation to those who have been victims of a crime but progress is being made.

The number of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour also fell from 2653 to 1842 which is a massive 30% drop. I would urge anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour to contact the police by calling 101: Local police take all reports seriously and will act to address the concerns of residents.

Metal theft remains a problem especially in more remote areas. If we see an unfamiliar vehicle loading metal then we should contact the police straight away. Similarly if we witness underage drinking or see young people carrying alcohol in public it is best to contact the police at the time. Criminal damage is often carried out after excessive alcohol consumption, early action could also prevent a hospital visit.

When there are high profile cases, like the recent crash for cash arrests, the work of the police is front page news. However the crime rate in the Consett area remains low when compared to other parts of the country. We can help keep it that way by remaining vigilant and reporting anything out of the ordinary to the police.

101 is the non-emergency number. If a crime is in progress however 999 is still the number to call.

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