Drop in crime rates across South Tyneside

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Crime rates are falling in South Tyneside thanks to a partnership.

The latest report from South Tyneside’s Community Safety Partnership highlights a 27 per cent drop in burglary rates and a 24 per cent reduction in youth-related incidents of anti-social behaviour – which are crimes that matter to local people.

We are the only borough in the region to actually see a reduction in overall crime.

Coun Tracey Dixon, chair of the community safety partnership, said

The report, which will be presented to South Tyneside’s Cabinet on Wednesday ), adds that the borough’s community safety partnership board is the second best performing partnership from its cluster group of 15 areas.

The board is made up of representatives from the Council, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, Northumbria Police, Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Service, Northumbria Police, South Tyneside Homes and the Youth Justice Service.

Other notable successes include a one per cent drop in crime overall, a 12.5 per cent reduction on re-offending rates and a fall of 30 per cent in the number of deliberate fires.

The report also highlights that the Darker Nights campaign resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in the number of calls to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, making South Tyneside the best performing district in the region.

Furthermore, the report adds, 98 per cent of residents feel safe or fairly safe, according to the Safer Communities Survey.

Last year 50 people were trained as Domestic and Sexual Abuse Champions, more than 4,000 home safety checks were carried out and over 7,000 hours were worked by offenders to make neighbourhoods cleaner and safer through the community payback scheme.

Coun Tracey Dixon, chair of the community safety partnership, said: “This report highlights the real successes that have been made by working more effectively in partnership. The risk of being a victim of crime in South Tyneside is very low and I’m delighted that the vast majority of residents feel safe in the borough.

“We are the only borough in the region to actually see a reduction in overall crime and it’s important to point out that that is from a very low base.

“However, we are not complacent and will continue our efforts to keep crime rates low while focusing particularly on the types of crime which we know have the highest impact on our communities.”