Crime levels down in Suffolk

VIOLENT crime levels have fallen in parts of Suffolk, it emerged today.

VIOLENT crime levels have fallen in parts of Suffolk, it emerged today.

Figures from Suffolk police show violent crime in public places in East Suffolk, stretching from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, has dropped by 25 per cent during the first three months of the year.

The drop has been attributed to a number of factors including the introduction of Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Total crime across the east of the county was also down between April and June by seven per cent compared to last year.

Chief Superintendent Martin Jelley said: “The reduction has coincided with the launch of Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) across the area in March this year.

“The new teams are based in the communities they serve and include police officers, community support officers and special constables working alongside council representatives, community partners and volunteers to try to tackle issues that are of most concern to local residents.

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“Many local 'street meets' have been held already to gather the views of residents about problems in their communities and more will follow as the SNTs become more established.

“The introduction of the teams saw a re-organisation of shifts to ensure we have more police officers and community support officers available for patrol at key times, particularly in the evenings and at weekends, and we think those extra numbers are part of the story in this reduction in crime.

“The closer working with partner agencies - councils, voluntary groups and other organisations who have a role in improving quality of life - is also contributing.”

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