Changes mean better results

Crime in Eastwood has plummeted because of improvements in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with, according to a senior police officer.

Eastwood sergeant Andy browning said crime figures have been so good this year because officers have a better handle on anti-social behaviour which has had a knock on effect with other crimes, such as criminal damage.

The officer said as well as issuing more anti-social behaviour orders and increasing patrols, there has been a change in housing law meaning council tenants can be evicted if their kids are causing too much trouble.

“We are now more intrusive looking at people’s homes that cause anti-social behaviour. A lot of people get final warnings on their property,” said Sgt Browning.

“We can go to the tenant and say your son or daughter is causing trouble and if you don’t sort it out you will be in breach of your tenancy.

“If their parents don’t keep them under control they can get evicted.”

Sgt Browning said there was a change of law three years, but it has been this year they have really noticed the results.

“It’s been a long process to get where we are. It’s really in the last 12 months, which is why we are getting our good results now.”

Sgt Browning said officers now hold regular meetings with housing associations, such as Derwent Living, and also private landlords.

Between April and October this year there have been 937 total offences reported compared to 1,113 during the same period last year.

There has been 46 house burglaries this year, compared to 78 last year and 128 vehicle crimes have been reported since April, compared to 152 last year. Overall crime in the area is down 16 per cent.

“Criminal damage is going down and it’s the work we have done around anti-social behaviour. It usually goes hand in hand. For example cars being damaged.

“It’s really, really looking good at the minute. It’s been constant as the year has gone on.”