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Joint efforts to tackle crime and ASB in Padiham

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Thursday, 3 August, 2017

Burnley Council has worked with partners, including the police, to address concerns and issues raised by residents in Padiham.

A range of measures have been introduced to reduce crime and anti-social behavior, and increase pro-active work, especially with young people.

Councillor Lian Pate, the council’s executive member for community services, said: “We’ve acted with the police and other partners to respond to complaints raised by residents and councillors in Padiham, particularly around concerns over increased levels of crime such as burglary, both in homes and commercial property.

“We’re also aware of increased concerns about anti-social behavior in the town and have taken steps to tackle the problem.

“We’re working all the time with partners to reduce crime and anti-social behavior and much of that work goes on behind the scenes, without people being aware of it. That work is having a positive impact.”

In recent months the police have targeted known offenders and increased patrols. In the first six months of this year the number of burglaries recorded by the police in Gawthorpe ward, which covers much of Padiham, has been cut by half, compared with the same period the previous year. The number of incidents of anti-social behavior fell by more than a third (34.2%) in the first quarter of this year. Overall crime in Gawthorpe reduced by 7% in the same period.

Community safety partners have also been adapting services to deal with complaints of anti-social behavior with increased patrols to engage with young people.

“We’ve seen some positive results this year and we want to maintain that progress,” added Councillor Pate. “In order to do that we need the support of local people and businesses to report incidents and provide valuable information so we can continue the hard work.”

 

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