‘We will bring you to justice’

Divisional Commander chief superintendent Dave Wakelin
Divisional Commander chief superintendent Dave Wakelin

BASSEtLAW has seen the second biggest drop in crime reduction in the county, according to figures published by Notts Police this week.

Crime rates have dropped by 19 per cent, with 3,397 fewer crimes committed in 2010/11 compared to the previous year.

Drug offences have RISEN by 25 per cent but the force attributes this to increased intelligence from the public and targeted work with partner agencies.

Divisional commander chief superintendent Dave Wakelin said he was delighted to see encouraging “reductions” in crimes such as burglary and robbery.

“On behalf of the public we are delighted that crime has really dropped significantly in the north of the county in Worksop and Retford,” he said.

“This is the result of hard work and commitment not only from the police but from partnership agencies such as the probation service and district council who have really come together to tackle a number of crime challenges.”

He added: “There’s very clear evidence of success. The figures show that fewer people endured the stress and trauma associated with being a victim of crime last year.”

Violent crimes causing injury are down by 42 per cent and dwelling burglaries have fallen by 29 per cent.

The area also saw a reduction in robbery by 40 per cent, criminal damage by 28 per cent and vehicle crime by 27 per cent.

Chf Supt Wakelin said rises in drug crime are actually positive and show an increased public confidence in reporting cases to the police, as well as the result of increased proactive drug raids.

“That is one category where we don’t get nervous as it shows the public feel more confident in reporting these crimes to us,” he said.

“We have gone really big in promoting the Crimestoppers number where people can report offences anonymously and in confidence which has made a massive difference.”

“We want to continue to know who these people are who are supplying Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine which fuels acquisitive crime.”

Worksop CID’s Detective Sergeant Andy Rhodes said the positive results were also a result of proactive work to show people how to avoid becoming victims of burglary.

“We have also identified a number of local offenders and have been encouraging members of the community to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour,” he said.

“Local people are our eyes and ears on the street - there is simply no hiding place for offenders.”

Chf Supt Wakelin said assured the public the force are going to continue to work hard to drive down crime rates over the forthcoming year.

“It’s thanks to organisations such as the district council and licensing authority who have helped us to bring people into custody at the earliest opportunity,” he said.

“The message is clear to offenders - we will bring you to justice.”

But he was clear that challenging times lay ahead for the force and said public particpation was key to future success.

“Crime is under control and the public feel a lot safer in reporting cases to us - they realise their environment is better if it’s crime free,” he said.

“We recognise it’s a difficult time across the public sector and so we are working extra hard with parternship agencies and the public, which should deliver an even better set of results next year.”