A FOCUS on drugs, speeding and shoplifting has seen a drop in crime across several areas in South Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Police revealed that it had experienced ‘positive’ results in areas in and around Linton and Etwall during the last few months of 2013.
Vehicle crime fell a massive 78 per cent with antisocial behaviour dropping by 11 per cent.
Shoplifting levels plummeted after operations targeted to put an end to sharp rise proved to be a success and a bid to tackle road safety saw more than 150 vehicles stopped.
Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for area for Derbyshire Police, said: “We are pleased that our work has seen figures fall quite dramatically.
“However, we will not let our foot off the gas and will continue to push hard to make sure that these figures stay low.
“Criminals need to know what they are doing will not be tolerated.”
It was also revealed that work was being undertaken, under the banner of Operation Bonnington, to try and increase the levels of drug related intelligence coming from members of the public.
This will also see officers heading into schools in the area to talk about drug related crime.
Insp Lidsey added: “It is a circle. We get information from the public, build an investigation, act on it all and then the public see are doing something about the problem and continue to feed us information.”
“While it is not a major problem here, it is a major problem for society in general and is not something that anybody would want happening in their street.
“It is not acceptable for people’s lives to be burdened by such worries and this is why we are here to make sure we keep on top of any drug related problems and put an end to them.”
Officers from Swadlincote also took part in several vehicle safety events along the A444.
Motorists were caught speeding, talking on mobile phones and even driving while not wearing a seatbely.
Anyone who would like to report a crime is urged to call 101.