18:29 Thursday 07 February 2013

Police reveal a dramatic drop in a host of crimes

Written byROB SMYTH

POLICE have revealed that there has been a dramatic drop in crime in certain areas of South Derbyshire.

Sergeant Jim Thompson, of Derbyshire Police, revealed that latest crime figures had showed ‘big’ drops in a wide range of crimes across areas including Castle Gresley, Linton and Netherseal.

Residents of these villages, who in attendance at Linton Area Forum, were buoyed to hear that ‘proactive policing’ had seen reductions in the amount of thefts and burglaries between April 2012 and January this year.

Sergeant Jim Thompson told the meeting: “We have had some good results in these area in particularly in the other thefts section which includes things like metal thefts.

“In this area, we have seen a 57 per cent drop compared to the previous year.

“Metal thefts and vehicles crime was a particular issue as at the start of last year as we had a mass of catalytic convertor thefts across South Derbyshire – we have now, hopefully, put an end to this issue.”

Sgt Thompson also revealed that operations across Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year saw falls in levels of antisocial behaviour.

He added: “We were checking on vulnerable people but also targeting known troublemakers

“We also visited pubs before, during and after events to reduce the threat of any alcohol fuelled incidents.

“This meant that expected levels of calls about antisocial behaviour, which normally hover at around 70 calls a week during these periods, were no higher than 35, which is a great achievement.”

PCSO Dave McMillan told the meeting that he and several other police officers had also been undertaking speeding operations across the area.

These took place on the A444 Acresford, Coton Road, in Walton, Hillside Road, in Linton, A444 Burton Road and outside Netherseal School, in Main Street.

Several drivers were sent warning letters about their behaviour after being caught by the police flouting motoring laws.

It was also revealed that police were ‘keeping an eye’ on a problematic bridleway in Castle Gresley.

Officers said that they knew of several offenders who were using the route as a cut through to Linton and would continue to monitor the area.

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