Seasonal campaigns ‘are reducing crime’
POLICE say their Safer Spring, Summer and Autumn campaigns this year in Ashford have reduced reported crimes of criminal damage by 14.9 per cent.
Insp Andrew Judd said: “A number of operations, focusing on different types of criminal damage in the area, were undertaken by the Community Safety Unit.
“During the Safer Summer Campaign a 25 per cent reduction in all reported crime was recorded for the Victoria Ward and during Safer Autumn the four-week period including Halloween and Bonfire Night saw a 57 per cent reduction in criminal damage, equating to 74 fewer victims of crime.”
Officers focused on the area around Brookfield Court shops following repeated reports of damage, and this has reduced the problem significantly.
During the school holidays schools were regularly checked by patrols and as a result no damage was reported and only one burglary to a school building was made.
Insp Judd added: “The area has a full complement of neighbourhood officers and PCSOs in all wards, and their patrolling is supported by Hawkeye and a dedicated driver which is unique to Ashford.
“The Community Safety Unit also has mobile overt CCTV cameras which have recently been used to detect a series of robberies in the area.”