Winchester crime and disorder incidents reduced during 2009-10Annual crime figures for 2009-10 show that crime has fallen in Winchester by 4.6%.
The number of crimes reported to Winchester Police during 2009-10 was 6,639, compared with 6,961 the previous year. The crime figures also show a continuing year-on-year decrease, as there were 7,090 reported crimes during 2007-08.
There has also been a reduction in the number of reported anti-social behaviour incidents, which have fallen by 17.1% to a total of 2,065. This compares with 2,493 reported incidents during 2008-09.
The Winchester District commander, Chief Inspector Rachel Farrell, said: “This is good news. Our success has been due largely to the continued investment in neighbourhood policing and the partnership approach we have adopted to tackle the priorities. Our challenge is to do even better in future years. In Winchester, we work with partners to reduce crime and this involves listening to local concerns, working with other police colleagues, businesses, Parish Councils, and other public bodies to tackle local concerns and crime in general.”
Cllr John Cooper, the outgoing City Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Safety, said: “I have enjoyed overseeing a strong partnership that has been dedicated to dealing effectively with local concerns. The past year has seen real progress on many fronts. A 13.2% reduction in criminal damage and 17.1% fall in anti-social behaviour can be attributed to the resources that the Community Safety Partnership has put in place. The launch of the alcohol brief intervention programme in Winchester Custody Suites has also helped to reduce alcohol related violence by 3.1%.”
He added: “The new administration in the Council has a rock solid foundation to make further progress in tackling the issues that blight people’s lives and I will work alongside my successor to make sure this happens”.
If you would like more details about your local neighbourhood team, how you can meet them, and how you can influence local priorities, please call 101. Alternatively, you can visit the Hampshire constabulary website at www.hampshire.police.uk or call into your local police station.
The Winchester Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is currently undertaking its annual review of Crime and Disorder, which is due to be published in the late summer 2010. More information can be found at www.wdsp.co.uk/communitysafety
If you have any questions regarding the Winchester CSP, please contact Sandra Tuddenham, the Community Safety Manager, on 01962 840 222.