Police plans are working - commissioner

PUBLISHED: 07:07 01 September 2013


A NEW police crime plan for Somerset has been hailed a success after the police performance improved in recent months.

Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens unveiled specific regional plans on March 31 and said the results were a ‘promising start’.

There were 450 fewer burglaries and greater public satisfaction with the work of Avon and Somerset Constabulary during the first three months of the initiative.

The crime-solving rate for burglaries has also increased to 13 per cent, from 11 per cent.

Ms Mountstevens said: “Obviously these results capture just a small window but it’s good to be able to share with residents how the police are doing.

“Burglary will continue to be a focus. Around 30 per cent of all burglaries could have been avoided, because burglars got in through open windows or unlocked doors. I am keen that we all do what we can to avoid opportunist thieves.”

Reported domestic violence cases have dropped by four per cent but there has been a seven per cent rise in alleged sexual offences so far this year.

Ms Mountstevens added: “I don’t think we should shy away from the areas that need improving.

“I think by being open and honest with residents it gives us all a better sense of how we can work together to make our communities even safer and encourage people to report crimes.”

She said the force is committed to tackling problems of speeding, promising voluntary issues such as Speed Watch – as being discussed in Congresbury, and subject to a week of action in villages including Locking last week – would be supported. Meanwhile Chief Constable Nick Gargan, local councils and Ms Mountstevens remain in discussions about turning speed cameras back on.

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