Cops drive down crime in Dacorum

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NEW figures show a massive fall in crime, largely explained by a drive to cut incidents of anti-social behaviour – although car crime is on the up in Tring.

The figures cover Sunday, April 1, to Saturday, June 30 this year, compared to figures taken in the same period in 2011.

Crime fell by 20.7 per cent, or 43 incidents, in Berkhamsted and 16.5 per cent, or 28 incidents, in Tring.

That covers a 29.3 per cent decrease in anti-social behaviour in Berkhamsted, where there were 51 fewer incidents recorded.

Anti-social behaviour fell by 18.2 per cent in Tring, where there were 22 fewer incidents reported to police.

But vehicle crime in Tring went up by 28.6 per cent, because of just eight extra incidents.

Police spokesman Olivia Finucane said: “We are continuously working and running operations to prevent theft from motor vehicles as it is a preventable crime.

“We have several operation planned in the future, including cross-border initiatives with Thames Valley Police, to try and prevent this crime from occurring.”

She said anti-social behaviour has fallen borough-wide as police engage more with other groups and do more patrols in anti-social behaviour hotspots.

Sgt Peter Huffer, who covers the Berkhamsted area, said police are tackling anti-social behaviour on a daily basis.

He said: “The Berkhamsted Safer Neighbourhood Team recognises the impact anti-social behaviour can have on residents, ranging from noise to youths gathering in an area to minor damage.

“On a daily basis, we check the reports and crimes and identify if there are areas where anti-social behaviour is on the increase.”

Police then target their patrols around a particular area or victim of repeat offences.

He said: “We believe by targeting such incidents, we can disrupt, prevent and decrease such anti-social behaviour.”

He added that anyone concerned about anti-social behaviour should phone police on 101 and ask for the safer neighbourhood team, who will assign an officer to tackle the problem.

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