Crime in Bulwell plummets by an ‘astounding’ 45%

CRIME levels in Bulwell have plummeted by an astonishing 45% in the last six years, it has been divulged.

Between April 2005 and March 2006, a total of 5,515 offences were reported in the town.

But between April 2010 and March 2011, that had been slashed to 3,028.

In the same period (from 2005 to 2011), the number of houses and flats burgled has also fallen drastically — from 594 to 208, which equates to a 65% decline.

The news comes just a year after Bulwell was pinpointed as one of the worst crime hotspots in the entire country through a new crime-mapping website launched by the police.

Of the turnaround, Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), a Bulwell member of Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m absolutely astounded by these figures. They’re wonderful.

“There has been some fantastic partnership-working going on in Bulwell and we are now really starting to feel the benefits.

“It is not just about the police taking action. This success is down to everyone pulling in the same direction as a team.

“That includes police community support officers, community protection officers and tenants and residents associations.”

Initiatives launched by the police to crack down on crime include targeting key offenders.

Operation Vanguard has also targeted drug crime and dealers in the town.

“This is all very encouraging and I am so proud of everyone who has played a part,” added Coun Morris.

Coun John Hartshorne (Lab), another Bulwell member of the city council, also praised the police, the council and their partners.

But he reiterated that it was still a top priority in Bulwell to fight crime and halve anti-social behaviour in the town.

He said it was also key to tackle fear of crime, and perceptions of the levels of crime in the town.

One key problem remains the levels of crime in the town centre, which includes shoplifting.

From April 2010 to March 2011, these hit a six-year low of 466 offences.

But already, between April last year and January this year, there have been 512 reported crimes.