Crime figures fall following policing plans

A WINTER crime campaign in Northumberland has resulted in the lowest crime figures in the county for ten years, police have claimed.

Operation Gabriel involved officers working with Northumberland County Council tackling issues of concern including anti-social behaviour, alcohol related crime and disorder and crime reduction.

The activity resulted in a drop in crime during December of nine per cent, compared to the same month last year – and the lowest it’s been for the month in Northumberland for ten years.

The operation saw each of Northumberland’s nine neighbourhood teams put policing plans in place tailored to their communities’ concerns and needs.

These plans involved officers carrying out patrols in problem areas at key times, regular visits to licensed premises and crime prevention events and initiatives.

Activity throughout the month included 167 visits being carried out at licensed premises in Ashington, a Trading Standards operation in Bedlington focusing on off licences and pubs, and crime prevention events at the policing pod in Blyth.

Northumberland Chief Inspector David Felton said: “This activity is as a direct result of communities telling us what their priorities are and what they wanted officers to focus on over the winter period.

“The fact the figures for December are the lowest that we have seen for the month over the last ten years is testament to the hard work by officers and partners.

“These results are an excellent start to 2013 and we are committed to improving on this drop in crime and will continue to work with the local council and other partners to make sure we do.

“We need people to speak to us and tell us what their priorities are – if they do, then we will act on them.”