A HARD-hitting police-operation has been credited with slashing crime in Hucknall by more than a third in just ONE MONTH.
Operation Divot hit the streets from Monday April 23 to Sunday May 20 — and resulted in a 39% fall in recorded offences compared with the same period last year.
House break-ins were down 75%, robbery plummeted by 70%, criminal damage dropped by 54%, theft was down 30% and violent offences fell by 20%. In addition, there was not a single sexual offence.
All this was set against a backdrop of crime already at an all-time low in Hucknall, as reported by the Dispatch last month.
Operation Divot has involved neighbourhood policing officers carrying out high-visibility patrols on the border of the town — and at known crime-hotspots.
Other elements focused on stopping travelling criminals before they had a chance to enter the town.
Officers have also highlighted thefts from vehicles by sending crime-prevention advice to drivers, letting them know they have left valuable items on show in their cars.
Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “Operation Divot was all about getting back to basics.
“We know that most offenders who commit crime in Hucknall do not live in the town. They travel from other areas, such as Nottingham.
“The team concentrated on patrolling the perimeter of the town at hotspot times to prevent criminals from entering the area, either on foot or in vehicles.”
Although the operation has now come to an end, Insp Butler says the tactics employed by the team will continue to be used in the months to come.
He said: “Anyone considering visiting Hucknall to carry out unlawful deeds should know there is a dedicated team working day and night to stop them in their tracks.”
Support for the neighbourhood policing team involved in Operation Divot has come from police volunteers, local response officers, CID detectives and officers from Mansfield Woodhouse and Ashfield North policing teams.
Anyone with information about crime should ring the police on 101. Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.
n OUR PHOTO shows members of the Hucknall neighbourhood policing team. They are (from left) PCSO Louise Higgins, PC Shaun Radford, Sgt Simon Scales and PCSO Simon Zacharia.