Crime in Brighton & Hove has fallen by 15% over the last seven months, compared with last year. A coordinated approach to crime reduction by the various partnerships in the city seems to have been key to controlling criminal and anti-social behaviour in the city.
A report going to Brighton & Hove City Council’s Community Safety Forum on Monday 3 December shows a significant drop in police recorded crime in the city between April and October, compared with the same period in 2006.
Total crime is down by 15% from 20,151 in April to October 2006, to 17,135 this year.
Crimes, which particularly affect households and residents also showed a marked improvement – domestic burglaries, vehicle crime, personal robbery, theft from person, bicycle theft, common assault, wounding and criminal damage fell by a total of 14.2%.
The biggest fall has been in thefts from cars and other vehicles, down by 26.6% from 1,032 to 757.
The number of thefts from people – for example mobile phone and bag thefts – has also shown a big drop, down by 23%.
Woundings are down by 18.2 % and in October the number of incidents of wounding was the lowest since April 2004.
Other significant improvements have been recorded in cases of criminal damage, down 16.8 %, vehicle theft down 14.5% and cycle theft down 15.2%.
Members of the Community Safety Forum, which is made up of councillors, the police, the fire service, voluntary groups, community representatives, and other independent and statutory agencies who play a significant role in improving safety and quality of life in the city, will have an opportunity to discuss the figures at the forthcoming meeting.
City council leader Councillor Brian Oxley, who is chairman of the forum, said, “It is really good news to see crime figures falling across the city. A great deal of partnership work has been going on to tackle crime and it is clearly bringing results.”
Superintendent Graham Bartlett from Sussex Police said, "The drop in crime across the city is excellent news for those who live, work and visit here. It is the product of outstanding efforts by the police, local authority, other agencies and most significantly the local people. Collectively we have shown that we can make Brighton & Hove a safe place to be and that those who would wish otherwise are not welcome."
Through the Brighton & Hove Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, the City Council, the police, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, the Business Crime Reduction Partnership, the BID Security team, the probation service, health trusts, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, the Youth Offending Team, police authority, fire authority and other local voluntary and statutory agencies, all work together to tackle crime and improve community safety.
Initiatives making a difference include Operation Reduction, which has focussed on getting treatment for drug users, at the same time as getting dealers off the streets, helping to break the cycle of crime many users fall into to get money for drugs; work to prevent re-offending by prolific offenders; and action against cycle theft, with more secure cycle parking facilities and a campaign to encourage cyclists to lock their bikes securely.
Cllr Oxley added, “We are not complacent, there is always room for improvement, and the forum will continue to look at ways of reducing crime and improving community safety.”
The Community Safety Forum meets in public at Hove Town Hall at 4pm on Monday December 3.
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