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Drug taking highest priority for residents in Normanton, survey shows

A new poll has revealed more than half of people living in the Normanton area are more concerned about drug taking than any other issue.

The Over to You survey was conducted in Normanton Road, Derby, on July 17 and gathered feedback from 156 local people, with the help of Deputy Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

The results showed 51% were most concerned about drug taking in the area followed by burglary at 46%.  

Of those who expressed an opinion, 59% agreed with a statement that the Police and local council are dealing with anti-social behaviour and the crime issues that matter in their area.

Almost a quarter of those who took part (22.3%) thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months while 35.3% thought it had remained the same and 42.4% thought it had increased. The reality is on the Derby West section, which includes Normanton and Peartree, crime increased by 6.9% between April 2013 and March 2014. However, more recent figures (April-July 2014) show a 3.3% decrease.

Responding to the figures, Derbyshire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “Drug taking is a concern for many Derbyshire communities and is something I’m very keen to address. Drug addiction fuels a significant proportion of acquisitive crime in the county and by focusing on prevention and getting people the help they need early doors we will ultimately limit its impact on public safety.

“I would also appeal to people to protect themselves and help keep burglary figures down by making sure that even in the hot weather they don’t leave windows and doors as open invitations to opportunistic criminals.”


Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Monday 11th August 2014
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