Anti-social behaviour reduction success in Bromley areas
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 March 2018
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Latest statistics for the borough have shown that crimes such as arson, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour have fallen in targeted areas since the introduction of a multi-agency initiative.
Figures from the council show that reports of arson have declined by 46pc, with anti-social behaviour reports also declining by 29pc in areas such as Cray Valley, Mottingham and Penge since the initiative began in April 2017.
The Community Impact Days aim to reduce or stop crime and the negative impact it has on the community.
The two year operation is funded from the mayor’s office for policing and crime (MOPAC), with the council and other Safer Bromley Partners such as the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade and Clarion Housing working with other organisations, including voluntary groups.
From April 2017 to January 2018, 139 incidents of arson were reported in the targeted areas, representing a 46pc reduction from the previous year.
Statistics also show that reports of nuisance and anti-social have declined by 29pc in the same period, with 310 reports in the period April 2017 to January 2018.
Cllr Kate Lymer, executive councillor for public protection and safety, said: “These are real issues for local people which may not seem high priority but by tackling them, we’re also hoping to see reductions in more serious crime too.
“I am pleased that our holistic approach is proving to be successful, which demonstrates the strength of the Safer Bromley Partnership.”
As part of the initiative, envirocrime officers have worked directly with the police and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) carrying out random vehicle checks and seizing vehicles of unlicensed waste carriers.
Anyone witnessing an envirocrime taking place is advised to call the police straight away and report the details to the council at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime.
As an incentive and in recognition of their support, if their evidence is used to successfully prosecute offenders they could receive up to £500 from the Envirocrime Reward Scheme.
Inspector Gary Byfield of Bromley Police said: “By working together in a sustained and co-ordinated, we are getting better results for residents.”
Further information about fly-tipping, antisocial behaviour, envirocrime is available by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime.