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Partnership approach helps deliver crime cuts

The latest crime figures for Mansfield show that there have been some significant cuts in a range of crime types - and as a result in the number of victims.

Reporting on the figures at a Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) meeting, the Police Inspector for Mansfield South, Neil Williams, said that partnership work has played a significant role in the results.

Attendees at the meeting, who included representatives from Catch 22, County Health Partnerships, Mansfield District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Women's Aid, were told that all crime was down from April to June by over 30% compared to the same three-month period last year.

In terms of individual crimes, the number of domestic burglaries has been reduced by just over 29%, vehicle crime has seen 64 fewer offences (32%) and the number of secondary fires is down by 59, representing a 50% decrease.

A number of areas in Mansfield are Partnership Plus areas. These are chosen using crime figures, trends and other data and work in them is coordinated by the Community Safety Partnership for the district concerned - for Mansfield this is Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC).

At the meeting the progress on projects and actions which are planned to help keep crime down was discussed in addition to new ideas for partnership work.

Among those on the agenda were a multi-agency open day being held at Mansfield Fire Station early in September, activities being made available to young people which include a project at Mansfield Town Football Club and a "girls' day" at River Maun Leisure Centre, a gating order and the use of biometric readers in licensed premises.

As Chair of the MPAC meeting, Inspector Williams said: "Everyone, including those who live and work in Mansfield, should be very pleased with these results. The significant cuts in crime could not be achieved by any organisation in isolation. The results demonstrate the success that we are having through a joined up partnership approach."

Cllr Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, said: "The significant reduction in crime that we are now seeing across Mansfield is fantastic and reflects the efforts of the partnership and the excellent work that has taken place across the District. Each and every crime makes a huge difference to the quality of life of our residents and each and every crime that is prevented means people can feel safer and have confidence that we are all pulling together to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. We will continue to maintain the focus and hard work to ensure Mansfield is a safer place to live, work and visit."

Published 06 August 2012

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