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Householders fear break-ins above all other offending, figures reveal

Burglary remains top of the list of public safety concerns for people living in Long Eaton, new survey results show.

A poll carried out at Long Eaton Market Place on July 3 showed that residents are more concerned about criminals breaking into their homes than any other crime and would like police to prioritise this type of offending. A total of 39% of respondents voted burglary as their biggest worry followed by ‘child abuse and child exploitation’ at 37% and ‘drug taking’ and ‘under-age drinking’ at 35% and 34% respectively.

The PCC’s team and Police conducted 150 questionnaires during the event as part of the overall Over to You consultation. This project aims to gauge public feeling about crime and personal safety to help Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles plan for the future and allocate resources effectively.

The survey found 59.6% of those respondents who expressed an opinion agreed that the Police and local council are dealing with anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area while 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 15.4% disagreed.

Meanwhile, 27.5% of respondents who expressed an opinion thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months, with 58.3% thinking it had stayed the same and 14.2% thinking it had increased. The reality is that in the Long Eaton section, crime fell by 2.2% between April 2013 and March 2014.

Commenting on the results, Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “Burglary rates have fallen significantly over the past decade but householders continue to worry about this type of offending more than any other. My job is to ensure the Force continues to tackle burglary proactively with both covert and overt operations but that we also address the fear of this offending with community reassurance patrols.” 

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Posted on Tuesday 5th August 2014
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