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Crime Takes a Tumble

Joey Deacon
Joey Deacon
29 Aug 2008 09:33

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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