Safer streets blitz hailed a success
SUMMER CRACKDOWN: Police say crime reduced by 25 per cent
A CRACKDOWN on summer crime is being hailed a success by police.
Ashford borough’s Safer Summer campaign saw the neighbourhood policing unit carry out various initiatives in identified hotspots.
Police bosses say the campaign saw an overall reduction of 25 per cent for all crimes and a 38 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour reported in the district.
Police officers and Police Community Support Officers patrolled all schools at regular intervals to deter youths from gathering in the grounds and to prevent damage during the summer holidays.
They made more than 130 visits to schools in the area and caretakers and contractors were advised about site security. There were no reports of damage or anti-social behaviour in or around school premises.
PCSOs took the Hawkeye overt surveillance van to the area around the Stour Centre, Singleton lakes and car park, Mill Court and other areas in the town.
Eureka Business Park and Victoria Park were also regularly patrolled.
Under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour initiatives were carried out within Stour Ward in Ashford including the skate park, Memorial Gardens and surrounding streets, which were patrolled by PSCOs working with town beat officers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.
This resulted in 22 alcohol confiscations, two warnings for cannabis possession, and a total of 215 youths spoken to, including boy racers in Elwick Road car park.
Insp Andrew Judd said: “The Neigh- bourhood team is delighted with the results achieved during Safer Summer.
“An ongoing initiative to ensure that a visible presence is maintained in areas of high reporting of anti-social behaviour will continue across the whole district, focusing on areas where anti-social behaviour is reported.”
Insp Andrew Judd