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Crime is down in Leyland, but anti-social behaviour is still town’s main problem

Police say facilities like the Warehouse Skate Park on Talbot Road in Leyland have helped to reduce the amount of anti-social behaviour on the streets

Police say facilities like the Warehouse Skate Park on Talbot Road in Leyland have helped to reduce the amount of anti-social behaviour on the streets

New figures released by the police show that overall crime is down throughout the Leyland area – but anti-social behaviour continues to be a problem.

Figures on the police.uk website report reveal there has been 727 crimes reported throughout Leyland and Farington during the first six months of 2104.

Compared to the same period last year, there has been an overall drop of 87.

Anti-social behaviour continues to top the charts, with officers having to deal with 299 counts this year.

However, again this is a drop on last year’s figures when 365 counts of anti-social behaviour were reported.

Sgt David Brown, of Leyland Police, said: “During 2014, Lancashire Constabulary has undertaken structural changes resulting in a larger South Division that encompasses South Ribble as well as Chorley, Preston and West Lancs.

“Divisional Commander Chief Supt Lee set out the aims of the new division which are to build on existing good partnership work and ensure the neighbourhood teams continue to be engage proactively with the public, via both conventional methods and social media.

“Key issues include working towards reducing anti-social behaviour and organised gang crime and the top priority is to make the area a safer place, to live, work and visit.

“Recorded crime within South Ribble compared to last year shows reductions in the number of assaults, particularly those in domestic circumstances, which is positive in terms of protecting people.

“There have also been reductions in criminal damage both to dwellings and other buildings, which are the type of crime normally associated with anti-social behaviour.

“There are continued efforts to tackle the impact of acquisitive crime categories such as dwelling burglary and vehicle related crime.

“These crime categories not only have a large impact on the victims, but are also harder to reduce in the current economic climate.

“The reduction in crime has helped as we continue to work with the Neighbourhood Policing Team who are proactive in gaining intelligence.”

 

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