Targeted crime prevention campaigns, directed patrols, and capture cars are just some of the tactics being used by Nottinghamshire Police to drive down vehicle crime.
Statistics released today (Monday 14 April 2014) show that in the last financial year, when compared to the same period in 2012-13, vehicle crime dropped with 47 fewer offences and 88 less offences of theft from vehicle.
During this time the Force has also seen a reduction in criminal damage with 464 less offences along with drugs offences dropping by 83.
Assistant Chief Constable Simon Torr said: “Targeted activity, the use of different tactics and close partnership working with other agencies is clearly paying off in the fight against vehicle crime.
“As the figures show we have seen a reduction in these types of offences, this is not by chance but as a result of a force-wide concerted effort. Many of you will have seen cars parked in public places wrapped in advice against leaving items on display, others may have been approached by officers letting them know about insecurities – this is all part of our targeted approach which is reinforced with specific operations running to locate key offenders.”
Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March this year, the Force recorded a rise in all crime with 474 more offences – an increase of 0.7%.
There was also a rise in house burglaries (406 more offences), sexual offences (an increase of 139 offences) and violent crime (742 more offences).
Last year the Force identified an increase in violent offences and launched the Alliance Against Violence designed to target known offenders through weeks of action and encourage organisations and individuals to sign-up and take a stand against violence.
A knife amnesty held in December resulted in 278 weapons being handed in with a gun amnesty last month (March) seeing a total of 231 firearms given up to police. Operation Promote – launched to target the violence caused by drink and drugs – will also be running in the city throughout April as part of ongoing efforts to tackle violent crime.
ACC Torr added: “We have experienced a slight increase in other crime types, like many other forces across the country. This can be attributed to the Force actively encouraging victims to report incidents of harassment, violence, domestic violence and sexual offences while proactively raising awareness of these issues through campaigns and specific policing operations.
“By working closely with our partners and other agencies we remain committed to reducing crime despite facing well documented financial challenges.”
Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “Like other forces in the region we have seen a slight increase in recorded crimes, which is disappointing. However, to put matters into perspective, crime is still lower than it was two years ago and less than half that of a decade ago. Realistically, the financial challenges are not going away, which I understand makes it increasingly difficult to protect performance and deliver the scale of reductions we’ve seen in the past few years. But we must never forget that for every crime there is a victim and together with our partners we must use our collective energies to use all our resources to both tackle crime and provide a better service to those impacted by crime and disorder.
“The Chief Constable and I are clear that early intervention and targeted crime reduction plans will help deliver the significant reductions that we all want to see.”
Media Relations Officer
Telephone (local number): 101 Ext: 800 2086
Telephone (out of area): 0115 9672086
Mobile: 07887 454010
Posted on Monday 14th April 2014