Crime has dramatically plunged in Teignbridge.
Over the last three years, offences have dropped by a massive 20 per cent.
In 2003-2004, 4,769 crimes were recorded, but in the past 12 months the figure was down to 3,728, smashing a government target.
The Home Office gave Teignbridge a target to reduce crime by 15 per cent and the challenge was co-ordinated by a community safety team.
In the last year, the initiative has included obtaining anti-social behaviour orders against seven people, installing a youth shelter to help address anti-social behaviour in a Newton Abbot park, and implementing a six-month Section 30 dispersal order in Teignmouth.
Campaigns have also been run, aimed at raising awareness of crime and offering advice to residents.
Teignbridge also operates an award-winning CCTV system designed to help ensure even safer streets.
Last year it was responsible for more than 500 arrests and the recovery of nearly £60,000 worth of goods.
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