FRODSHAM is the safest town in Vale Royal at night, according to residents of the borough who took part in a recent survey.
The survey of 2,000 residents was conducted by police as part of the Vale Royal Community Safety Partnership. Of the 50% of people who responded to the survey 34% said they felt unsafe in towns at night.
"Frodsham was perceived to be the safest town at night," said Insp Alan Holt, who presented results of the survey to the Vale Royal Police Forum at Frodsham Community Centre.
Most respondents were concerned about violent crime and burglary, and more than half felt CCTV security cameras had made no difference, said Insp Holt, head of Congleton and Vale Royal Police Crime and Disorder Unit.
The survey also revealed public confidence in the police was down. And most respondents felt things had got worse in relation to vandalism, anti-social behaviour and youth crime.
The Vale Royal Community Safety Partnership was set up in 1999 when police stepped up their work with local groups to reduce crime and promote safer communities.
Insp Holt told the forum that, while the estimated annual cost of crime in Vale Royal based on recorded crime figures amounted to £45m, new initiatives such as the Community Action Teams and CCTV had made a difference and since 1999 crime levels had reduced.
He told the forum: "This is the first public airing of the results of the survey. Together they will allow the Community Safety Partnership to identify specific areas that will be addressed between now and 2005, including property crime, violent crime, road and traffic safety, substance abuse, anti-social behaviour and young offenders and improving fire safety."
Community involvement was important, said Insp Holt, who added: "We are trying to address problems we are facing to meet the level of demand from the public and the Crime and Disorder Act."