Sea­sonal cam­paigns ‘are re­duc­ing crime’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.”

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