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Call for crime concerns

PUBLISHED: 21:47 26 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A PARTNERSHIP working to reduce crime in the Suffolk Coastal area is asking for public help to agree its top priorities for the next three years.

The Suffolk Coastal Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership is drawing up its action strategy for 2002 to 2005 for an area twice as safe as the national average and wants input from the people who live there.

A PARTNERSHIP working to reduce crime in the Suffolk Coastal area is asking for public help to agree its top priorities for the next three years.

The Suffolk Coastal Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership is drawing up its action strategy for 2002 to 2005 for an area twice as safe as the national average and wants input from the people who live there.

Nationally in 2000 to 2001, there were around 98 crimes per 1,000 residents. In Suffolk Coastal, the figure was 45.6 per 1,000 and the most common crime was petty vandalism.

"The most effective way to tackle crime and its causes is by identifying the key issues and getting the support of the public, businesses and relevant bodies like the police, local councils and other services to work together," said Tom Griffin, partnership chairman and chief executive of Suffolk Coastal District council.

"The Partnership wants to hear from the people who live or work in this district what are their top priorities. This is their chance to tell us what needs to be tackled first," he added.

Recent crime statistics suggest priorities to tackle include violence and disorder, domestic violence, racial harassment, anti-social behaviour and damage, cycle theft, burglaries, substance misuse, vehicle crime and reducing the fear of crime, he said.

"Because of our low crime rate, we are not easily going to receive the national funding to bring in some of the possible solutions like CCTV systems," Mr Griffin said. "We are instead going to have to use our existing resource in a more effective and targeted way if we want to successfully continue tackling crime locally."

Copies of the consultation bulletin and questionnaire can be found on the council's website at www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk, at the council's reception area or by contacting Scott Bentley on 01394 444322 or emailing scott.bentley@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk. Completed forms must be returned by Friday, January 11.


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