Crime is still a big con­cern

Sunderland Echo - - Opinion -

Crime is still a big is­sue in Sun­der­land ... and we’re happy to re­port it’s not be­ing brushed un­der the car­pet.

Our Big City Sur­vey re­turned sta­tis­tics that did not sur­prise us.

But is the ac­tion wanted by the pub­lic is be­ing de­liv­ered?

Af­ter analysing the sta­tis­tics, it’s clear the pub­lic want higher pro­file polic­ing in the com­mu­nity.

With­out any prompt­ing from our­selves, that’s ex­actly what we’re get­ting in cer­tain ar­eas.

On the same day we pub­lish our sur­vey, we also re­port how the po­lice have been highly vis­i­ble in tack­ling anti-so­cial be­hav­iour on our streets.

We re­ported how teenagers were spot­ted throw­ing stones and mis­siles at buses in Houghton.

To com­bat the is­sue, Northum­bria Po­lice have been go­ing into schools to speak to pupils to hope­fully defuse the sit­u­a­tion. They have also been in the town talk­ing to res­i­dents and busi­nesses so they can draw up plans to tackle the is­sue.

It’s a model of polic­ing that has been hap­pen­ing in other prob­lem ar­eas of Sun­der­land.

And it’s wel­comed by the pub­lic.

Our po­lice have been stung by aus­ter­ity and govern­ment cuts and are be­ing forced to think out­side the box to keep crime un­der con­trol.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion is key, and only by work­ing with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses and, most im­por­tantly, the pub­lic can the big crime is­sues be tack­led.

Your views have given the po­lice even more food for thought.

They may not have all the an­swers, but as we have re­ported to­day they are speak­ing to the right peo­ple to find them.

By Richard Ord

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