Crime Campaign Working in Swanage
7:41am 19th October 2012
A campaign to get trouble makers in Swanage "respect their town and quieten down" seems to have worked.
People causing a nuisance and disorder at night was raised as a priority for local agencies last September.
As part of the campaign launch, licensees, the youth intervention team, Trading Standards, police officers, and a drug dog attended Swanage town centre to make the public aware that disruptive behaviour would not be tolerated.
Following this, police continued regular visits to the town to monitor the issue. Officers maintained full interaction with Pub Watch and licensees who advised officers of anyone causing a nuisance.
From September 2011 to 2012, anti-social behaviour has dropped by 21 per cent, violent crime's gone down by over 10 per cent and criminal damage has reduced by nearly a quarter compared to the year before.
Purbeck Neighbourhood Inspector Tracey Baker said: "This is a really positive result for the residents of Swanage.
"Dorset Police officers and local partners have worked hard to achieve this result.
"I am very pleased to see that efforts continue and officers maintain a visible presence in the area to ensure these results are maintained."