Police say crime cut by 60 per cent

POLICE chiefs say a partnership approach to transforming the street has resulted in a 60-per-cent cut in crime.

The Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, which is based in York Road, has targeted Baden Street as a ward priority with increased patrols and a crack-down on anti-social behaviour.

The partnership work, which is being done alongside Hartlepool Borough Council, residents and ward councillors, has seen the levels of crime slashed in the past year.

Police records show that in 2010 there were 50 recorded crimes in Baden Street, but that figure fell to 20 crimes in 2011.

Inspector Carl Broughton, head of Hartlepool Police’s central neighbourhood team, said: “Baden Street has been a ward priority for the Central Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“At that time the residents of the street were experiencing above average levels of anti-social behaviour and crime related incidents.

“Police and partners have undertaken an intensive proactive approach to problem solve issues in this locality.

“We have worked closely with landlords and their agents to ensure that the quality of life for residents and visitors is of a high standard.

“The police and our partners have been actively involved with the regeneration works planned for this area and work closely with the ward councillors, residents and Tara Davison to address any concerns raised.

“The results for this problem solving approach speak for themselves as crime in the area has been reduced by 60-per-cent in the past year.”

The latest figures show that since last July, police have visited Baden Street 59 times, including 19 reports of anti-social behaviour, but not all incidents are recorded as a crime.

There were 21 incidents of public safety incidents such as fire alarms going off or welfare issues and eight crime-related incidents, including one assault, four burglaries, two incidents of criminal damage, and one robbery.

Meanwhile, 11 visits were police generated for follow-ups or intelligence gathering.

Over the past three years Cleveland Fire Brigade have been called to the street nine times.

Between January 2009 and December 2011, firefighters were called to two incidents of arson, one in 2009 and one in 2010.

In 2011 fire crews were called to just two incidents, neither of which were arson.

Anyone with concerns about anti-social behaviour or crime in Baden Street are asked to call the Neighbourhood Team, based at the community safety office in York Road, on (01642) 855560.