A BURN VALLEY councillor has hailed an innovative approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in his ward.
Over the past 12 months, a series of agencies have targeted the Cornwall Street area as a priority.
Labour councillor Jonathan Brash has welcomed the increased time, effort and investment put into the area and said it has made it safer for residents.
Agencies such as Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood management team and housing services, neighbourhood police, victim support, and the anti-social behaviour unit have come together as a Joint Action Group to tackle the problems more effectively.
Compared to the figures this time last year there has been:
l An overall reduction of 26 per cent in incidents of crime including domestic burglary, criminal damage, drug dealing and supply.
l An overall reduction of 40 per cent in anti-social behaviour resulting in 135 fewer incidents.
Coun Brash said: “We promised to do everything we could to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and that is exactly what we are doing.
“These figures are to be welcomed, but we must never be complacent and I know that councillors, police and neighbourhood enforcement teams are committed to ensuring that those who seek to disrupt the lives of decent residents are dealt with swiftly and effectively.”
He added that the approach is also being extended to the Elwick Road area and the results have been positive so far.
Over the last six months there have been 23 fewer crimes, which is an 82 per cent reduction and 23 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour, a reduction of 38 per cent.
Coun Brash added: “We will work in every part of Burn Valley to protect residents from the mindless minority who don’t care about anyone but themselves.
“This is our duty and one that I will continue do all I can to fulfil.”
The figures have been supplied by the neighbourhood police teams.