DECREASING crime levels are more pronounced in the suburbs of Chester than anywhere else in West Cheshire.
The Chester Outer zone, which covers Blacon, Saughall, Upton, Newton, Hoole and the Overleigh areas, saw crime fall across all areas between April and June, compared with the same period last year.
Figures on Cheshire Constabulary’s online crime mapping website show the number of crimes fell from an average of 411 a month to 337 (17.9%), and the number of anti-social behaviour incidents fell by more than a quarter.
Inspector Steve Beddows, neighbourhood inspector for the Chester Outer area, said: “We remodelled our service in February and have been putting visibility back into the community and the fear back into criminals. We have as an area put out more resources to respond more efficiently.
“There is a pro-active approach to policing and we are keen to make sure we patrol intelligently.
“We hold a meeting at the start of the week, set out what priorities and which areas we need to focus more resources on, so we can see the following week what we have done and what we can do to improve things further.
“We have had success across all our crime areas. We are doing very well but it is not by accident.”
Sgt John Taylor added the World Cup had not caused as much trouble as expected.
He said: “It was quite good, the way it unfolded. I think England’s lack of success had something to do with it.”