Orchard Park and Greenwood area sees a huge cut in crime
CRIME in the Orchard Park and Greenwood area has fallen significantly in the past year.
New figures from Humberside Police show an drop in offences of almost a quarter from October last year to October 2012.
During these 12 months, crime fell by 343 offences, from 1,562 last year to 1,219 – a drop of about 22 per cent.
The fall in crime within Orchard Park and Greenwood is one of the biggest improvements for a small area in the city.
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Inspector Mick Stead said: "We've seen a big drop in dwelling burglaries in the area and this is a good news story for Hull as a whole.
"The fall in crime throughout the year is due to good work by the police and partners, as well as neighbours coming forward and reporting offences.
"Although the figures are good, we don't want to be complacent about it and we have seen a small increase in the number of shed and garage burglaries.
"We want to remind people that they need to lock their doors and windows and keep their homes secure."
He said residents can get advice from officers at the Northern Police Station about crime prevention and becoming part of groups in the area to help report offences.
Matthew Wright, Neighbourhood Network co-ordinator for Hull, said the reduction is a result of "excellent partnership work" between everyone involved in community safety in the area – including Neighbourhood Network groups.
He said: "The groups receive crime reduction information relevant to their area, allowing them to take steps in preventing crimes in the first place, but also provide vital information about crime, antisocial behaviour and disorder to authorities in order to bring offenders to justice.
"Activities Neighbourhood Network groups across Hull have undertaken, for the benefit of their neighbourhoods, are truly inspiring."
They include holding crime reduction events, successfully applying for gating schemes, setting up "no cold calling" zones, helping set local priorities and aiming to improve the look and feel of places like Orchard Park and Greenwood.
Mr Wright said: "The network continues to grow in Hull and other groups are encouraged to join and support us in making Hull an even safer place to live."
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