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Cannock Chase residents report little changes in safe feelings despite fall in crime

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

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CRIME rates have fallen in Cannock Chase – but some residents are still fearful of crime according to a new survey.

The number of crimes in the district fell by eight per cent in 2012/2013 and 28 per cent over the last six years, information from the Staffordshire Observatory, a statistical team based at the county council, showed.

But a ‘feeling the difference’ survey, conducted on behalf of the Chase Community Partnership, indicated little or no change in residents’ feelings of safety or perceptions of crime.

Residents surveyed generally felt safe in the district, however they still viewed crime as a priority and some were fearful of crime – in particular after dark.

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Across the district anti-social behaviour reduced by 14 per cent in 2012/13 and by 55 per cent over the last six years. Violent crime has reduced by 30 per cent since 2007/08 and serious acquisitive crime, including domestic burglary, vehicle crime, and robbery by 39 per cent.

These types of crime account for more than a third of all recorded crime within the district.

Criminal damage has reduced by 23 per cent in the past year and by almost half since 2007/08. The rate (per 1,000 residents) of these crimes is still above the county rate however.

Inspector Paul Cooke of Cannock Police said: “These results are the positive impact that the community, partners and police working together can achieve. We will continue to work with our communities and partners to make the Cannock Chase district a safe place to live.”

The Chase Community Partnership, which includes local police and Cannock Chase Council, has said it will continue to work to increase feelings of safety, particularly after dark, as well as supporting residents who are most at risk and victims of violent and serious acquisitive crime.

Domestic abuse among young people has been identified as a priority for the district, so younger members of the community will continue to be supported. Work to reduce re-offending is also seen as fundamental to cutting crime.

Councillor Mike Holder, Leader of Crime and Partnerships, said: “It is important to share these statistics with the residents of Cannock Chase to show that crime levels are falling within the district.

“It is also positive to note that work will continue through the Chase Community Partnership to increase residents’ feelings of safety.”

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