Crackdown on criminal damage as crime plummets

CRACKING criminal damage is a top priority in Bulwell after a spate of attacks on car, house and business-premises windows
CRACKING criminal damage is a top priority in Bulwell after a spate of attacks on car, house and business-premises windows
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A CRACKDOWN has been launched on vandalism and wanton damage in Bulwell — against a backdrop of plummeting crime-rates in the town.

Overall, offences such as burglary and theft are falling rapidly.

Since April, the number of burglaries in the town has dropped by 43% compared to last year, while the number of theft offences is down by 33% in the same period.

But officers are concerned about an increase in criminal damage cases, particularly in the number of car, house and business-premises windows being smashed.

Community leaders have also raised the alarm and the response from Bulwell police has been to launch a three-month operation that will include increased patrols.

As part of the drive, Nottingham City Council’s anti-social behaviour team is visiting parents of youngsters they believe might be responsible.

Warning notices will be served stating that if their behaviour doesn’t improve they could face prosecution.

Bulwell’s police chief, Insp Andy Goodall, said: “The focus on criminal damage is one of our neighbourhood priorities for Bulwell ward but we are live to the fact it is an issue across the whole of the area.

“We do not know what motivation lies behind it as it is lobbing stones or bricks through windows. Is it children getting a kick out of it or some sort of rite of passage?”

Insp Goodall says that since the launch of the clampdown, there has been a reduction in criminal-damage offences, but rates since April are up 14% on the same period last year.

Despite this, Insp Goodall is pleased to report on the overall reductions in crime in Bulwell.

It follows on from a Dispatch article earlier this year that revealed the town’s crime-rates had falled by 45% in the last six years.

However, Insp Goodall says he and his officers are not resting on their laurels.

“There is still a lot of work to do and we will do all we can,” he added.

“We need to continue to work with the community and we need their information about crimes that are being committed.”

Anyone who has details about criminal-damage offences is asked to get in touch with the police on the non-emergency number, 101.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.