Reduction in anti social behaviour

Reported crime and anti-social behaviour in Pelsall, Shelfield, Brownhills and Rushall has fallen by 15 per cent, latest figures have revealed.

According to figures released by Safer Walsall Partnership, the numbers of ASB incidents reported to police fell from 742 between April and September 2009 to 633 over the same period in 2010.

The Partnership, which made up of a range of agencies including Walsall Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, Walsall Housing Group, NHS Walsall and New Horizons, also revealed that the overwhelming majority of people to live in the four neighbourhoods.

The Feeling the Difference Residents survey carried out by West Midlands Police found that:

  • 84 per cent of respondents agreed that the council and police are working well together to tackle crime and ASB;
  • 92 per cent of those questioned are happy living in their neighbourhood;
  • 97 per cent of respondents feel people from different backgrounds live harmoniously alongside each other.

Across the borough, the number of reported ASB incidents fell by 18 per cent over the same period, from 8,842 to 7,284.

The figures by the partnership also show that across Walsall the total number of youth ASB fell by 25 per cent (3,424 to 2,565) and assault with injury fell from 1,191 to 1,046, a drop of 12 per cent.

The Feeling the Difference Residents survey across Walsall found:

  • 77 per cent of respondents agreed that the council and police are working well together to tackle crime and ASB;
  • 92 per cent of those questioned are happy living in their neighbourhoods;
  • 96 per cent of respondents feel people from different backgrounds live harmoniously alongside each other.

Councillor Zahid Ali, chairman of Safer Walsall Partnership,said: “Walsall is becoming a safer place for residents as a result of the hard work being put in by the council, police and other partners which is making a real difference.

“We know that many people remain concerned about safety in their neighbourhoods. We also know from our area partnerships that many people think ASB is mainly about young people – when in fact only a third of ASB cases concern young people.

“These statistics are encouraging but there is no room for complacency and all partners are continuing to work hard to reduce crime and ASB in the borough even further.”

*Note: the release received does not say how many people were questioned for the survey …

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