Crime down in West Norfolk

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New figures show there have been fewer victims of crime and anti-social behaviour in West Norfolk this year compared to last.

More than 600 fewer crimes have been committed since April 2011 representing a 10 per cent drop in overall crime in the district.

It comes just weeks after Home Office statistics confirmed Norfolk as the safest county in England and reveals significant falls in violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Superintendent Dave Marshall, who leads policing in the district, said: “The latest police figures show that if you live or visit West Norfolk, you are less likely to be a victim of crime – and this in a part of the country that already enjoys the lowest crime rates. While it’s accepted that statistics are not the whole story, it should provide some reassurance of the area’s relative safety to residents and visitors alike.

“However, if you are affected by crime we remain committed to giving you the best possible service and bringing offenders to justice on your behalf.”

Since 1 April 2011 to date, there have been 5748 recorded crimes for the district – 623 fewer than the same period the previous year.

Violent crime (assaults) has dropped by 10.8 per cent (594 from 666) with four out of 10 offences domestic-violence related. Raising awareness of and tackling domestic violence remains a priority for police, who work closely with partner agencies to identify and support vulnerable victims and families.

Reported anti-social behaviour has seen a 26 per cent reduction (5725 this year compared to 7741). This follows the introduction across Norfolk in 2011of Operation Partnership Teams (OPTs) – multi-agency units made up of police officers, Police Community Support officers and specialist council staff, working together to target hot spots, offenders and support victims.

The OPTs, including one based in King’s Lynn, work with other partner agencies such as social housing landlords to identify priorities issues and intervene or take action at the earliest opportunity.

You can influence policing priorities for your local neighbourhood by having your say at your local Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meeting held every two months in each area across West Norfolk. For a list of dates and the current priorities visit www.norfolk.police.uk

 

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