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Crime down by 18% in Newark and Sherwood, making it best performing area in Nottinghamshire

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A report has revealed that crime in Newark and Sherwood is down 18%.

The report, which shows data from the end of October 2021, compared to the same period last year, revealed the district to be the best performing area in Nottinghamshire for three months running.

The reduction is being credited to partnership work by Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire Police and the crime commissioner.

The report revealed Newark and Sherwood was best performing of districts in Nottinghamshire.
The report revealed Newark and Sherwood was best performing of districts in Nottinghamshire.

David Lloyd, district council leader, said: “This is an example of partnership working at its best. Anything we can do to make it harder for criminals to operate is positive and there are still more activities to come.

“Our priority is always to make sure our district remains a safe and welcoming place to live, work and visit. The council is committed to making Newark and Sherwood cleaner, safer and greener and this project is making a real, tangible difference to the lives of residents.

“Burglary, vehicle crime and bicycle theft have a devastating effect on people and each and every one of these measures is enabling us to keep driving down crime in a targeted way.”

Crime is down nearly 20% in Newark and Sherwood.
Crime is down nearly 20% in Newark and Sherwood.

One example of partnership working has been the Safer Streets initiative between the police and crime commissioner, Nottinghamshire Police, and Newark and Sherwood district and Nottinghamshire county councils to improve security in areas particularly affected by crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.

It includes a package of measures to deter crime and anti-social behaviour.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said: “I am delighted with this impressive reduction in crime, which is first and foremost testament to the hard work and dedication of neighbourhood policing officers in Newark.

“We knew our Safer Streets investment would take time to make an impact and it is hugely gratifying to see these positive outcomes now coming to fruition.

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Nottinghamshire Police. (52890015)

“On top of these results, we know that local people feel safer and their fear of crime has reduced, which is enormously important for wellbeing and resilience. We will not, however, rest on our laurels as there is much more to do.”

Chief Inspector Heather Sutton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It is great to hear that crime rates have fallen in the Newark and Sherwood area of the county.

“The Safer Streets project has no doubt benefited these figures and is a great way to improve security in the district and help keep residents feeling safe and protected.

“This fall in crime comes after recent national statistics released in November this year showed Nottinghamshire’s overall crime falling by more than three times the national average – meaning there were around 11,000 fewer victims of crime in the last year compared to the previous year.

“The force is committed to working alongside Newark and Sherwood District Council and the police and crime commissioner to make sure people are kept safe and feel protected in their own homes and while out and about.”

A consultation took place for residents in the Millgate and surrounding areas of Newark to ask the community about safety in their area and to share their ideas on how it could be improved.

Two more drop-in sessions take place on January 7 at Howes Court Community Centre and January 26 at Cleveland Square Community Centre for residents in those areas.

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