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Craven is ranked one of the safest places in UK
11:00am Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
Craven is the third safest place to live in the country.
And it was the second safest place overall for violence against the person and the safest in the country for domestic burglary.
The statistics were issued by the Inspectorate of Constabulary Chief Inspector Simon Lovell, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Craven, told Craven District Council’s crime and disorder committee that the district’s crime figures were a reflection of successful partnership working.
In the first five months of the year there were seven house burglaries, compared with 17 in the same period last year.
There had been recent rises in drugs offences, criminal damage and commercial burglary, but that was as a result of proactive operations, said Chief Insp Lovell. He also told councillors he believed the removal of CCTV cameras in the town centre some years ago had not had a detrimental impact on crime.
After the meeting, Chief Insp Lovell said the low crime figures were a clear reflection of the hard work of officers and staff across the district.
“The team has developed strong working relationships with partner agencies and the local communities, which means we are able to deal with any issues at a very early stage to stop them becoming a significant problem,” he said.
“We will continue our efforts to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour even further so the district remains one of the safest in the country.”
Stacey Mitchell, Craven Community Safety Partnership co-ordinator, also attributed the district’s low crime figures to excellent partnership working with statutory and non-statutory partners.
The partnership had worked hard on preventative measures such as the recently launched Countrywatch scheme in rural communities, and the automated number-plate recognition scheme, which was a deterrent to cross-border crime.
Craven district councillor John Roberts, a board member of Craven Community Safety Partnership, said: “The news that Craven is one of the safest places to live in the country is testament to the dedication and hard work of the Craven Community Safety Partnership.
“These statistics confirm that multi-agency partnerships are the way forward to reduce crime and I hope this data will make residents feel safer in the Craven district.”
* The 2013 UK Peace Index put Craven and the Ribble Valley among the top 15 most peaceful places to live in the country.
Compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the index put Broadland, Norfolk, as the most peaceful local council area in the country, with Lewisham, London as the least.
Craven was the seventh most peaceful, while neighbouring Ribble Valley was four places behind at 11th.
For its first ever index, the institute used Home Office data on crime, including public-order offences and weapons crime, as well as hospital admissions and defined peace as the “absence of violence or fear of violence.”
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