Mansfield crime on the decrease

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Antisocial behaviour in Mansfield has fallen in the last 12 months.

Incidents reported in the town between April 2012 and March 2013 are down by more than a third compared to the previous year. All crime in the district fell by more than 10 per cent for the same period.

The figures were produced by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime’s (MPAC) analyst and have been welcomed by its Executive Group.

Significant falls mean there have been 826 fewer victims of crime and that the Newgate and Oak Tree are no longer classed as Partnership Plus areas.

Partnership Plus areas are identified each year across the county using crime figures, trends and other data. The top 15 attract additional funding for work to be coordinated in them by the Community Safety Partnership for the district concerned – MPAC in Mansfield.

Partnership Plus areas of Mansfield have seen drastic results. In the town centre there has been a 9.6 per cent reduction in all crime, a 10.3 per cent fall in theft and a 24.3 per cent cut in criminal damage.

Newgate has seen violent crime drop by just under 15 per cent, domestic burglaries cut by 30 per cent and secondary fires fall by a huge 76.47 per cent with four taking place in 2012/13 compared with 17 in the previous year.

Good reductions have been achieved in Carr Bank too, with double figure cuts in burglary, criminal damage, ASB and domestic incidents, among others. Newgate and Carr Bank were previously known as Ravensdale.

Neil Williams, Police Inspector for Mansfield South, said: “Extensive partnership working has taken place in these areas and the results underline the success of that work.

“Projects have included Nights of Action in the town centre, activities for young people and getting them involved in planning and organising some of these, environmental audits, actions being progressed against persistent shoplifters identified by businesses and the BID, a Christmas card design competition and production of an activity guide.

“We will continue with those that have worked well and partners have come up with some new and innovative ones for the next 11 months.

Marsha Mann, Community Safety Officer for MPAC added: “The results have been well received and we hope they help to reassure those who live and work in Mansfield that the work being done to reduce crime and disorder really is making their communities even safer.”