Crime reduction scheme recognised with award

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 08:48 18 June 2013

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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A CRIME reduction initiative on a Weston estate has been recognised at a police awards ceremony.

The Bournville Burglary Initiative was created to respond to high levels of burglary on the estate, which in 2011 accounted for 10 per cent of the total burglary across North Somerset.

The project, led by Avon and Somerset police alongside partners such as Alliance Homes, was the second runner-up in the awards.

Inspector Liz Hughes said: “The results have been really positive so far with a 50 per cent decrease year on year in burglary offences in the worst affected area and people reporting that they feel much safer to go out after dark. There is still work to do but there has been a lot of progress already.”

The Bournville team used a number of schemes to help reduce burglary on the estate including presentations in schools about crime prevention, and using the police and housing association’s eviction powers for problem tenants.

It also conducted a media campaign to raise awareness of the partnership and brought about improvements to the area such as less fencing, improved lighting and road alteration to reduce the number of ‘rat runs’.

Assistant Chief Constable John Long, who introduced the event, said: “These awards show the hard work going on to tackle issues across the force area by police and partner agencies.

“We had a number of impressive award submissions again this year which all represent a great deal of effort, teamwork and dedication.

“Those involved in the three top projects should be especially proud of all that they have achieved.”

The initiative will now be entered into the national problem solving awards later this year, alongside the winning project in Taunton and the first runner-up in Bristol.

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