Around 100 residents of the Woodhouse Park housing development turned out to hear what has been achieved in response to concerns raised about burglary and vehicle crime in the area.
At a meeting held last night (6 April) at The Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping was joined by members of the local policing team including Inspector Gordon Fenwick; Nottingham City Councillor Wendy Smith; developers Barrett Homes; and representatives from Neighbourhood Watch enabling residents to hear from all those involved in tackling the problem.
Paddy Tipping said: “I was pleased to see so many people turning out to talk to us. Meetings like this allow people to air their concerns and hear, first hand, what is being done to address them.”
Residents had called the meeting, chaired by Prof Panos Soultanas who lives in the area, following a number of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in the area late last year. In response Nottinghamshire Police increased the number of patrols in the area and undertook a number of covert operations. As a result, crime on the development has fallen dramatically.
Having heard what local people had to say last night, Barrett Homes promised to investigate the costs associated with installing CCTV in the area and review the lighting currently on the development. The company also agreed to look at the security of windows and other fittings properties built by them.
Paddy Tipping commented: “The feedback was very positive and shows the power of partners working together to solve local problems. The police were praised for the fall in crime, something clearly supported by Neighbourhood Watch and the City Council. The significant fall in crime is commendable and everyone involved in achieving this should be proud.
“Barrett Homes has promised to look into all the issues raised last night and we will meet again before the summer to ensure that the proactive approach is continuing to deliver results.”
Councillor Smith added, "It is wonderful to be able to work with residents who have so quickly and efficiently formed a supportive and cohesive community, mainly through social media and the initiative of Prof Soultanas. They are a role model for future new developments and I look forward to working with them and the police to ensure that the estate is a safe and secure place to live."
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Posted on Friday 7th April 2017