|Police keep crime down in Wigan
According to the latest statistics, overall crime has once again dropped in Wigan. Figures from April 2004 to March 2005 show a 12.7 per cent reduction in crime across Wigan and Leigh, meaning 4,161 fewer victims of crime compared to the previous year.
Recent figures released by police in Wigan show that robbery has fallen by 30.3 per cent, burglary is down by 23.1 per cent and vehicle crime has dropped by 16.1 per cent. This means 102 fewer victims of robbery, 655 Wigan families who have not had their homes broken into and 897 fewer victims of vehicle crime.
Superintendent Peter Mason from Wigan Police said: "We are delighted with these latest figures which are down to some brilliant work by our officers, who are out there working hard with the local council, probation, youth services and other agencies to drive down crime and make a real difference to people's lives.
"Wigan police are committed to fighting crime and protecting people. We will continue to build on this success in further reducing levels of crime, taking the fight against crime to the criminal and making Wigan and Leigh's communities even safer."
Councillor Keith Cunliffe from the Wigan and Leigh Community Safety Partnership added: "These results are extremely encouraging and show what can be achieved working together in partnership. We have made a real impact in making the communities of Wigan and Leigh even safer. We can be justifiably proud that our work has resulted in over 4000 fewer victims of crime. These results also give us a real incentive to continue our hard work to further drive down crime and deal with criminality. "
The continued reduction in crime is down to a number of different approaches. The Wigan division is recognised as a national leader in the field of partnership working. They work relentlessly with the local council, housing, probation and other agencies to tackle persistent offenders and the issues that matter most to the people of Wigan including anti-social behaviour and juvenile nuisance.
In 2003 policing in Wigan also underwent a major restructure, putting Area Policing Teams (APTs) into the heart of communities to enable officers to build links and work more closely with local people to tackle crime.