Lib Dems welcome news that city crime has fallen

May 14, 2010 1:24 PM
Cllr Ian Nimmo-Smith

Ian Nimmo-Smith

Crime in Cambridge fell by 11 per cent in the last year.

Figures released by the Cambridge City Community Safety Partnership reveal that the number of recorded offences dropped from 1,617 in 2008/09 to 1,567 in 2009/10.

The news has been welcomed by Cambridge Liberal Democrats who have been working on initiatives to tackle crime and anti social behaviour head on.

Kevin Wilkins, Cambridge County Councillor and a member of the Cambridgeshire Police Authority said: "These figures are extremely welcome news. It is clear that initiatives put in place by Cambridge City Council in conjunction with the police are having an effect on crime figures overall.

"But this is not a time to be complacent. There is still much work to be done in tackling areas such as cycle theft which is a problem in our city."

Figures released by the Cambridge City Community Safety Partnership show that:

• assaults fell by 13 per cent from 885 to 770;

• criminal damage fell by almost 20 per cent from 2,690 to 2,103

• home burglary was down from 1,077 to 850, a drop of 21 per cent;

• theft from vehicles dropped by 29 per cent from 255 to 182.

But bike thefts are almost five per cent higher with 2,551 offences this year compared to 2,434 last year.

In the last year, Cambridge City Council and the police have worked together under the Police and Safer Neighbourhoods scheme to tackle criminal damage, vehicle crime, underage drinking, dug misuse and cycle theft among other incidents.

The city council has also launched the Cambridge Anti Social Behaviour Task Group in conjunction with the police, probation, county council and businesses to work on an anti social behaviour strategy.

And Safer City Grants, up to £5,000, are issued by the city council to support community based projects that contribute to reducing crime and disorder.

Ian Nimmo-Smith, Cambridge City Council leader said: "These figures show that the partnership working we have put in place is starting to pay off. It is encouraging to see overall that Cambridge is becoming a safer place in which to live.

"It is clear, however, that people acknowledge that drunken behaviour is a problem. We have taken steps to address this by launching Camsafe to award those licensed premises in Cambridge which raise standards.

"The awards set out policies for dealing with drunken behaviour and the selling of illegal drugs and I expect this initiative to have a positive effect."

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