Weston Super Summer is a success as crime drops

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 July 2012

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FOLLOWING our successful Weston Super Summer campaign the Mercury can reveal crime has dropped over the past few weeks compared to the same period last year.

In a bid to make sure Westonians and holidaymakers have a ‘super summer’ we have been taking a closer look at catalysts for crime over the past six weeks - and turning the spotlight` on those who work to keep you safe.

There are a number of groups that contribute to doing this throughout the year, including police, door staff and voluntary groups.

So reporters have been taking a closer look at what their jobs entail, in a bid to raise awareness of how you can help keep yourself - and others - safe.

Weston Super Summer has been about ‘safety’ – and how can we raise awareness of the problems the sunny season brings.

At the conclusion of our campaign, we can report that in Weston and the surrounding area, between June 13 and July 13 2011, compared to the same time period in 2012:

- Violent offences decreased by 24 per cent (53 less crimes).

- Antisocial behaviour calls to the police decreased by 19 per cent (107 less calls)

Chief Superintendent Julian Moss said: “Although things are improving in Weston, we are determined to continue in our efforts to ensure the town is a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

“There will continue to be an increased emphasis on joint-working between all the relevant agencies, local companies and the communities themselves.

“Between us, I am certain that we can look out for each other, bring offenders to justice and see the town thrive.

“As the weather is now predicted to improve, I would urge people to go out and enjoy themselves – but please drink responsibly, stick with your friends and be considerate of others.

“Have a fantastic summer.”

The Town Centre Partnership is currently working towards achieving Purple Flag status for Weston. The scheme is an accreditation that recognises the high standards of towns and cities at night.

A steering group - including the Police, CCTV and street pastors - will be meeting for the first time in September to review what action needs to be taken to ensure our town is awarded Purple Flag in the near future.

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