Annual review shows Crime & Disorder in Winchester fell in 2010

According to a recent annual review undertaken by Winchester Community Safety Partnership (WCSP), police recorded Crime and Disorder in Winchester fell by 12.1% in 2010, recording a total of 6,112 offences as opposed to 6,960 in 2009.  Violence with injury was down by 11.2%, to a total of 538 and Rowdy and Nuisance behaviour fell by 22.4% to a total of 2189.

The partnership considered the results of the review at their last strategic group meeting in May and discussed the reductions in relation to the current  partnership priorities, these are: Violence with injury focusing on the night time economy and domestic violence, Anti-Social Behaviour with a focus on rowdy and nuisance behaviour and reducing adult re-offending and young people as first time entrants to the criminal justice system.  They felt that the hard work put in by individual partners to deliver some of the projects may have contributed to some of the 2010 successes.

The police district commander for Winchester, Chief Inspector James Fulton said: “My Officers will continue to work in partnership to reduce all crime but resources will need to be focussed. I welcome the Crime and Disorder Review 2010 because it helps the partnership to decide where to prioritise their efforts in the coming year. The challenge for the partnership is to continue reducing crime, capturing offenders and offering intervention to prevent offences occurring with reduced resources.  Working together to put in place initiatives that reduce Crime & Disorder will remain a priority for WCSP in 2011-12 because it is the key to our continued success in the fight against crime.”

Cllr Lucille Thompson, the chair of the WCSP said, “I’m really pleased to see that the interventions the partnership has put in place to divert people away from crime, may have helped in the overall reduction of crime and disorder in 2010. We will of course continue to address the issues identified by local people in partnership with our police colleagues, other public bodies, businesses and Parish Councils in the hope that we can continue to reduce crime during 2011.”

Echoing the views of his colleague, Cllr John Cooper, Winchesters Deputy Leader and Portfolio holder for Communities & Safety added, "This outcome is testament to the effectiveness of the Community Safety Partnership and in 2011/12 we can build on this by further strengthening our cooperation with Parish Councils and engagement with a wider range of community groups in the City.”

The Crime and Disorder Review 2010 and the full results of the WCSP Survey 2010 are published on the WCSP website.