Crime rates are falling in Fylde, new figures have revealed.
Statistics presented to the borough’s Community Safety Partnership show a total of 2,851 crimes in the 12 months to the end of March – an 8.9 per cent reduction from 3,130 for the same period in the previous year.
The figures represent 279 fewer victims of crime.
Partnership officials say the Fylde-wide figures – released ahead of full area-by area details expected to be revealed shortly – are a testament to the success of the team approach – involving Fylde Council, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council, the fire service and the NHS – to preventing as well as solving crime.
Bryan Ward, Fylde’s Community Safety Partnership manager, said: “Fylde has always been one of the safest areas of Lancashire and I am extremely pleased that the new figures confirm that.
“The police have done sterling work in bringing much of that work together and for fighting crime when it does break out. I’m sure that all that effort will continue.”
Chief Inspector Laura Lawler of Fylde Police added: “The figures are very pleasing and I feel it is important that we maintain the good work with partners and the community to ensure that the residents of Fylde feel safe.
“During the next 12 months we want to continue to ‘do the right thing’ for the victim and ensure that they feel supported by the action we take.
“We will endeavour to place our resources where the most crime and risk is located and in doing so make sure we protect the more vulnerable in the community.”
Coun Cheryl Little, Fylde Council’s portfolio holder for social wellbeing, said: “The figures are down to good policing practice and close working between police and Fylde Council. “A number of initiatives, including CCTV cameras, police and council targeting of crime hot-spots, a number of high-visibility police operations, visits of PCSOs to parks and open spaces which can be a focal point for anti-social behaviour have been introduced in recent months and years.
“It is good to see they are bearing fruit.”