CRIME and nuisance behaviour has plummeted in a town thanks to a number of community schemes.
Police say they are delighted that bike theft in Gosport has gone down by 40 per cent with the average for the area covered by Hampshire Constabulary decreasing by only three per cent.
It is encouraging to see the figures and it is a great success for the community.Chief Inspector Jim Pegler
Similarly, theft from motor vehicles has reduced by 34 per cent whereas the average for the wider area saw an increase of 15 per cent. Non-dwelling burglary also dropped in the town by seven per cent.
Chief Inspector Jim Pegler, from Gosport police, said: ‘It is encouraging to see the figures and it is a great success for the community.
‘It is important for the people of Gosport to know how hard the agencies are working with the people who need our help the most to make the town a safer place.
‘I am really proud of what my officers and the Gosport Community Safety Partnership are doing.’
But Chief Insp Pegler said they were still being vigilant.
‘Since April, 113 bikes have been stolen so we aren’t getting complacent,’ he added.
Cllr John Beavis, chairman of the Gosport Community Safety Partnership, said projects such as the Summer Passport Scheme helped with the reduction in petty crime.
The scheme puts on activities for youngsters to keep them busy over the summer holidays.
The partnership also runs the Tapestry Action Group which targets meth use by young people, Rowner Divert which works with families in Rowner, and the Supporting Troubled Families project which has helped 388 families since 2012.
Cllr Beavis said: ‘Over the three-week period of the passport scheme, petty crime and anti-social behaviour reduced considerably. I think that’s had quite a good influence on the community.’
Chief Insp Pegler agreed, adding: ‘We work closely with so many different agencies from housing to youth groups to help keep young people away from crime and, if they are leaning towards that lifestyle, to help them stop.
‘It is a very effective way to deal with them rather than sticking them in a court.’
Three people were commended for their work in the Community Safety Partnership. Emma Turnball, who helps people with mental health issues, Kirsty Cremer from charity Motiv8 and Brian Cossins, a street pastor, were recognised.
They were given awards at a meeting.