‘Early intervention’ means crime is down in borough

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A new approach aimed at getting to the root of why people commit crimes has been hailed a success, following a reduction in offences in South Ribble.

Figures show that crimes are down 13 per cent in the borough this year.

Overall, a total of 5,041 incidents were recorded in South Ribble between April 2012 and March 2013, compared to 5,770 the previous year.

There have also been reductions in several types of offences across the borough including anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Incidents of criminal damage and vandalism fell by 30 per cent from 1,301 in 2011-12 to 904 in 2012-13.

There was also a 22 per cent drop in anti-social behaviour. And cases involving violent crime were down five per cent from 1,276 to 1,212 incidents.

Figures released for the first quarter of 2013 show the positive trend is continuing into this financial year too, with all crime down another 23.6 per cent from the same period last year.

Now, a new approach taken by South Ribble’s Community Safety Partnership towards re-offending is being credited for the improvements.

The team – comprising representatives from South Ribble Council, the police, NHS, housing associations, drug services, Lancashire Fire and Rescue, local prisons, the youth offending team and the probation service – uses ‘early intervention’ strategies and a system of focusing on individuals who pose the most threat to society.

The strategy, which has been in place for just a year, ensures families in need are given the support they need before crimes are

Police officers have been visiting schools, and the probation service has been working with young offenders to reduce anti-social behaviour by making sure they give something back to the community, and to help them understand the impact of their unlawful actions.