Hitting the streets with helpful safety advice
POLICE officers took to the streets with other colleagues to give out burglary prevention advice.
As part of Not in my Neighbourhood week Safer Communities Torbay, which includes Torbay Council, police, fire, health and probation staff, were involved in several initiatives designed to highlight the work going on to improve the Bay for residents.
Staff were in Thurlow Road, Torquay, as part of the week giving out crime prevention, fire safety and other advice to people.
And they have been encouraged by figures just released which show a recent drop in burglaries across the Bay.
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The number of domestic burglaries dropped to 36 in September this year compared to 54 in the same period last year.
Overall crime was down across the Bay with 909 crimes recorded in September last year compared to 792 this year.
The latest figures were released as part of Crimelog which sees the Herald Express team up with Safer Communities Torbay to publish monthly ward-by-ward crime statistics so the public can see exactly how many crimes have been committed on their doorstep.
The aim is to help the public avoid becoming victims, to help drive down crime across the Bay and to help reduce unreal fear of crime by giving the exact number of incidents.
Partnership Inspector Glen Mayhew said: "Overall the results continue to highlight Torbay is a safe place to live and for people to enjoy their holidays.
"The reduction in total crime evidences the success we have had in targeting prolific offenders.
"The impact of domestic burglary lasts long past any investigation and this particular crime remains a very clear priority for us.
"By the specific targeting of suspects we have seen a significant improvement with our detection rate in Torbay, in fact our detection rate is far higher than the Devon and Cornwall average which will hopefully reassure victims we are convicting the offenders responsible and ensuring they are also convicted for as many previous offences committed as possible.
"All victims are supported by a dedicated team and receive crime prevention advice, along with their neighbours, in order to make it difficult for any repeat offences in the locality.
"Crime prevention work cannot be undervalued and is now delivered via a number of channels, focusing especially on our vulnerable residents to assist them in making their homes safer."
Other activities throughout the week included street surgeries, community walks, community bonfire and firework safety events, crime prevention audits, home fire safety visits, anti-social driving operations and drugs warrants.
The week highlights work which is carried out all year round and is deigned to spur people into taking action against crime and anti-social behaviour in their own neighbourhoods.
This month's CrimeLog shows t out of Torbay's 15 wards, nine recorded a fall in crime, and six indicated an increase.