Crime in Creswell has fallen by almost half since this time last year due to increased efforts by village police officers.
Creswell Parish Council heard at its latest meeting that in January 2013 the police recorded 31 crimes, whereas this January there were just 17.
PCSO David Mitchell said extra foot and bike patrols around the ‘hot spot’ areas had increased their visibility and sent a strong message to the community.
“In partnership with local authorities and housing associations we have moved a few of our nuisance residents out of the area,” said PCSO Mitchell, who works alongside PCSO Matt Wardle.
“We have got a few people on ASBOs and one or two persistent criminals are locked up serving lengthy jail terms so that has resulted in fewer crimes.”
“We used to come across a lot of people in the street, gangs wandering around causing anti-social behaviour.”
“Now it’s a lot quieter. People are much happier to go out in the evenings without feeling intimidated. They are going out to the shops, restaurants and pubs in Creswell, not feeling like they want to stay at home in the evenings.”
PCSO Mitchell also said the OzBoxing sessions run by him and PCSO Wardle had engaged youngsters and resulted in less anti-social behaviour.
“They are off the streets doing something healthy and positive. It also teaches them respect and brings the community together.”
Oz Boxing runs on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5.30pm at the youth centre on Colliery Road, Creswell.
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