Posted: Thursday 29th September 2016
Early in September, I published the latest of my quarterly performance reports, setting out some key facts and figures about crime and anti-social behaviour across County Durham and Darlington.
The report contains a mix of good news and areas where there is room for improvement. In Bishop Auckland, I notice that anti-social behaviour has fallen by 4% over the past year. The reduction is a tribute to local people, and to the police, and I hope that people continue to report incidents of anti-social behaviour when they experience them.
On the other hand, I notice that there have been increases in burglary, criminal damage and arson. We all need to make it harder for criminals and I would encourage people to make sure that they lock their doors and windows to make it as hard as possible for would-be thieves. You can also report any suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
You may have seen that I am consulting as many people as possible about the objectives which I will set for the Police, partners and for my own office in my Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan. The Plan is an important document and will cover the period 2017-2021. I am proposing to include the following three overall aims:
- Inspire confidence in the police and criminal justice system
- Support victims and the vulnerable
- Tackle crime and keep our communities safe
Responses to my consultation document from people in Bishop Auckland indicate that you support these, and the more detailed objectives which I am proposing to include. However, I need to hear from as many people as possible and I would urge you to visit my website and fill in the survey there. I am working for you and I need to know that I am reflecting your priorities.