I will start off this months report with some excellent news in relation to the rate of crime in North East Lincolnshire. We have seen a month on month drop in crime for a long time now, to such an extent that January 2010 saw the lowest ever monthly crime figures since our current recording began in 1996!
January saw a total of 1,309 offences across all crimes areas in North East Lincolnshire, which averages to 42 offences per day. At peak this was at 3,069 in March 2004 (99 offences per day).
Clearly we will not sit back and relax and will continue to do everything we can to protect communities and target criminals. We will however reflect and ask ourselves why we have made such significant improvements. Amongst others, the reasons are
• Resources targeting the top offenders who are causing most harm to our communities.
• The establishment of Neighbourhood Policing Teams across all 15 ward areas in North East Lincolnshire.
• Prioritising and being flexible with our resources so they are in the right place at the right time in the right numbers.
• Solid partnership arrangements with other agencies working within the criminal justice and safer communities’ arena.
• Flow of community priorities and intelligence from ward councillors, town/parish councils, allowing our staff to act in a swift manner.
In relation to local matters, I would be obliged if you could keep feeding in your local priorities to my team. We will take the appropriate action in conjunction with yourselves and ensure that you are given some feedback.
As ever we will endeavour to deal with local issues in a timely and professional manner. If however this level of service falls below your expectations, then Sergeant Mortimer or I will be happy to discuss it with you.
To conclude, policing isn’t just about crime figures, it is about how safe your community feels. If you can distribute this report to your residents, I feel sure that the fact crime is at an all time low will assist in raising confidence and lowering fear of crime[+ go back...]