Commissioner commends Constabulary on reduction in neighbourhood crime
Published: 21 February 2022
A reduction in neighbourhood crime and proactive work undertaken by the Constabulary to help make residents and visitors to the county feel safe has been commended by Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, during a Public Scrutiny Meeting on 27 January 2022.
Neighbourhood crime includes burglary, robbery, vehicle offences and theft from the person. For the 12 months ending December 2021, Cheshire Constabulary recorded 6,087 neighbourhood crimes, a 9 percent reduction on the same period ending 2020.
One of the proactive measures the Constabulary implemented was ‘Operation Shield’, which provides residents with the tools to mark their property and belongings. SelectaDNA forensic coding is placed on items, meaning this marking can only be seen using a UV light. Once items are recovered they’re checked for SelectaDNA and if present, items can be returned to their owners.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said:
“I am extremely pleased with the reduction in neighbourhood crimes. Although, some of the Coronavirus measures put in place to keep people safe can be attributed to the decrease, the effective and efficient use of resources by the Constabulary to target these crimes has helped to make the county safer.”
One of the responsibilities of the Commissioner is to hold the Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary to account on behalf of residents, ensuring the Constabulary provides the best police service possible.
The main vehicle for this process is the Scrutiny Board. These quarterly meetings consider the Constabulary’s performance against the priorities identified in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan as well as a wide range of performance information relating to all aspects of policing.
John Dwyer added:
“In my Police and Crime Plan, preventing and tackling crime is a key priority for me. I made it clear that residents in the county deserve to live in a neighbourhood free of crimes that can make whole streets feel unsafe.
“My scrutiny process enables me to highlight areas of concern like neighbourhood crime and hold the Constabulary to account for what they’re doing to keep our communities safe.
“The proactive action taken by the Constabulary to tackle these abhorrent crimes, such as using the UV marking deterrent, has seen a decrease in this type of crime. But I know there is always more to do.
“By implementing both proactive and reactive policing, the residents of Cheshire can be reassured that all steps are being taken to make the county as safe as it can possibly be.”