Hotspots targeted in fight against crime
POLICE have been driving down crime in anti-social behaviour hotspots.
Officers from Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team have joined forces with Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Fire Service to focus on streets where issues of anti-social behaviour has been reported.
During the summer holidays, Grisdale Road in Rumworth, Rupert Street in Great Lever and Musgrave Gardens in Halliwell have been targeted by the authorities for a week.
Insp Andy Sidebotham, of Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We go around to the streets and find out what the issues are in the first week. Then return the following week with partners. The fire service carries out home fire-risk assessments, the police officers give people the chance to get their property security marked and tell them how to register their property on Immobilise, a national property register in case items do get stolen, and Bolton Council’s environmental services department will find out residents’ issues such as build ups of waste.”
Neighbours are given surveys to complete and at the end of the week police give people feedback, explaining what work has been carried out and what will be done in the near future.
In Rupert Street, the authorities told residents that properties had been informed of bin collection days and signposted young people to nearby activities as an alternative to hanging around the streets.
Insp Sidebotham said the feedback from residents had been positive and in some areas it provided autho- rities with the chance to meet residents who have recently moved to the area.
He added that police intended to work with other streets throughout the rest of the year, focusing on a different one each month per ward.
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