BURGLARY rates in Halton are down 28%, residents were told at the latest Halton Police Forum.
Peter Lloyd Jones, forum chairman, welcomed national crime statistics, which also showed recorded vehicle crime in the borough had reduced by 25% in the last year. In addition, he said police were catching more of the offenders behind such crimes.
Violent crime in Runcorn and Widnes was up 49% on last year, but police had also managed to make 60% more arrests in relation to these incidents.
The meeting was thrown open to the public, who were given information about a number of incidents dealt with in the area over the past three months.
Residents were also able to voice their concerns about policing in Halton - raising matters such as contact with Community Action Teams, the issuing of fixed penalty notices from road safety cameras, action being taken to address rowdiness and anti-social behaviour around licensed premises, and the use of borough wardens in high visibility patrols.
Speaking about the improvement in both vehicle crime and burglary rates, Mr Lloyd-Jones said: 'This is even more impressive when you hear that the detections in those two areas also increased by 78% and 80% respectively, ensuring that residents of Halton can have full confidence in their local police to clamp down on those issues which are of real concern to them.'
'Tonight's meeting has once again provided a valuable opportunity for the local people to liaise with the police to ensure issues of concern can be satisfactorily resolved. It has also provided the opportunity to hear about some of the excellent work and initiatives that are being undertaken locally by the police to address issues of anti-social behaviour and reduce violent crime.'
* The next Halton Police Forum will take place on Wednesday, October 15, at 7pm in the Town Hall, Runcorn. Members of the public are welcome.