Anti-social behaviour is being stamped out

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Reported anti-social behaviour (ASB) incidents in Melton have dropped by over a third and recorded crime is down by over six per cent according to police figures.

The data shows that from April 2014 to March 2015 there were 546 reported ASB incidents compared to 836 for the same period the previous year - a reduction of over 33 per cent.

The total number of all crimes fell from 2,351 in 2013/2014 to 2,198 in 2014/2015 - a drop of over six per cent.

The only crime categories which rose slightly in 2014/15 compared to 2013/14 were house burglaries (147 to 157) and domestic violence with injury (76 to 80).

The figures have been analysed by the Safer Melton Partnership which has drawn up its 2015 draft community safety plan - a three year plan outlining its main crime-fighting priorities.

The partnership brings together a variety of statutory, non-statutory and voluntary organisations with a shared commitment to reduce crime in the borough.

Sergeant Simon Williams, Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area deputy, welcomed the crime reduction figures.

He said: “These are some of the best figures we’ve seen for some time.

“We welcome the reductions over the last year, in particular ASB which is quite a significant drop.

“It’s down to a lot of hard work, with fewer numbers, but officers are now spending a lot more time on their beats.

“Another major contributory factor is proper partnership working with the council and other agencies.”

The Safer Melton Partnership has set a target to reduce the number of ASB complaints by five per cent and reduce all crime by five per cent during 2015/16 based on the 2014/15 baseline figures.

Its community safety plan highlights eight key community safety priorities and how they will be tackled.

These include addressing ASB and enhancing public confidence, tackling domestic abuse, tackling serious acquisitive crime including house burglary, enhancing road safety, creating a safer town, tackling rural crime, reducing re-offending and focusing on priority neighbourhoods and areas of high crime and disorder.

Leicestershire and Rutland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader has agreed to support the partnership with funding of £15,750 in 2015/16 and has indicated that the same amount of funding is available in 2016/17.