An Office of National Statistics (ONS) report published today shows Staffordshire people are getting even safer.
Crime and anti-social behaviour are significantly down and more people agree that police and partners are dealing with the issues that matter to them.
Overall crime was down by seven per cent to 65,680 for the period April 2011 to the end of March 2012 – compared to the year before. Even more significantly, reported anti-social behaviour fell by over 8,500 offences (41,201 in 10/11 to 32,575 in 11/12).
Other headline figures include:
Commenting on the report Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “This is a real tribute to the hard work of staff, partners and the very many members of the public who have the confidence to support us either by reporting crime or providing other information which has helped us to deal with criminals.
“Staffordshire is getting safer over the longer-term. Over the last five years, crime and anti-social behaviour have reduced steadily and significantly. We’ve also focused on the quality of service we provide and victim satisfaction levels have steadily improved.
“As we move forward our commitment to put victims and citizens first in all that we do, and to deliver excellent service, will not falter.”
Said Police Authority Chair David Pearsall: “Despite the significant financial challenges faced by the Force and Authority, crime has continued to reduce and victim satisfaction levels have improved.
“We have focused on ensuring the Force becomes more efficient and effective whilst protecting frontline policing services. This is going to be critical to the success of the Force moving forward.
“The Force bears national comparison well and we are committed to maintaining this. As we plan for the transition to a new Police and Crime Commissioner this November, the Authority can be confident that the force is performing strongly and dealing with the things that matter to local communities.”
Residents in a Stoke-on-Trent community are being encouraged to step up security on their sheds and outbuildings following a spate of break-ins.
Between Saturday 9 June and Wed 13 June a total of eight sheds/outbuildings were broken into across the Packmoor area, and a variety of items stolen.
The majority of break-ins happened overnight during the five-day period.
A mountain bike, fishing rods and tackle were stolen from a shed in Silverstone Crescent; a mountain bike, aluminium ladders and electrical power tools taken from Rossett Grove and a lawnmower and heavy duty battery charger from Bemersley Road.
Three mountain bikes and a holdall containing fishing tackle were taken from a shed in Blackbird Way; a girl’s pedal cycle from Lordshire Place and a mountain bike from Mellor Street.
Offenders also targeted further properties in Unicorn Place and Finch Street but fortunately nothing was stolen.
A dedicated policing operation to crackdown on the incidents has already netted one arrest - a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of theft on June 14. He has been bailed pending further inquiries.
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Officers from Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team (LPT) will be joining Biddulph residents on their local bus route.
Once a month an officer, or Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) will travel on the bus, increasing visibility and accessibility to the community.
PC Lorraine Bowman, who has teamed up with bus companies First PMT and Bakers to initiate the scheme, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for officers to engage with all members of the community who use the buses, including the elderly and young parents.
“Officers will carry a high visibility backpack and will be distributing crime prevention advice and policing information. They will also be able to answer questions and discuss any concerns that bus users might have.”
The scheme will start week commencing Monday 28 May, from Wharf Road in the town centre.
The systems have been checked and the fingers are being limbered up ready for tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) Open Mike night when senior officers in Staffordshire will be answering questions from the community.
Every day across the county officers and PCSOs are speaking to local residents about the issues that matter to them. This ranges from formal meetings in community centres to informal street-corner meetings and drop-in surgeries - not forgetting, of course, officers meeting people as they proactively patrol communities.
The second Open Mike Night event is an opportunity for people to speak to the force’s most senior officers about the issues that matter. It will involve Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, Deputy Chief Constable Douglas Paxton, Director of Resources Graham Liddiard and Assistant Chief Constables Julian Blazeby and Jane Sawyers.
Staffordshire Police have made it easier than ever to take part in the event. To see what is being discussed simply visit the Staffordshire Police website and click on the Open Mike link. The comments will then appear on the screen and there will be a box on the display to allow anyone to take part by asking a question or making a comment.
To make it easier to follow the conversation the questions and answers will be posted as closely together as possible. The member of the executive team best suited to answer the particular issues raised will do. There will also be a number of polls to take part in as the event progresses.
The event will simultaneously run on a number of other sites including local newspaper websites, local community group websites and even the force’s own Facebook site, all of which allow anyone to post questions.
Mr Cunningham said: “I am keen to be as open and accessible as possible through these on-line events which are extremely popular with our communities. On this Open Mike Night my colleagues in the force executive team will be joining me so we can respond to even more comments than last time.
“Every day across Staffordshire our officers and staff are talking to people about the issues that affect them; this is another opportunity to ask questions about the way we are working to keep everyone safe and reassured.”
Open Mike Night takes place on Wednesday 18 April from 6pm until around 7.30pm on Whitehill Online.