Posted: Thursday 22nd 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 Stanley, I notice that anti-social behaviour has fallen by 12% over the past year. I think that’s a real 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 from sheds and garages, and in criminal damage. 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. It’s because of reports from the public that the Police were able to arrest an individual locally, recently, who has been sentenced to 36 months in prison. Another way in which you can engage with the Police in Stanley is at the PACT house in Front Street. This is a community facility, which operates with support from the Police. There’s also a free community meal there every Wednesday night.
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
Chatting to people at Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre recently, there seemed to be a lot of support for these, and for the more detailed objectives which I am proposing to include. I also got some positive feedback at Party in the Park in July. 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.