Tuesday 22 May 2012
Crime in Hucknall has plummeted by 39% since a police operation was launched last month.
Operation Divot has resulted in 69 fewer crimes being recorded in a four week period in comparison to the previous year.
Other highlights include:
- House burglaries are down 75%
- Sexual offences are down 100%
- Criminal damage is down 54%
- Violence against a person down 20%
Nearly every crime category has fallen since the operation was launched on 23 April.
The only crime that has not fallen is drug offences, which has stayed the same at seven incidents.
The operation involved officers from the Ashfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team carrying out regular high-visibility patrols around the border of Hucknall and other hotspot areas within the town.
Officers focused on stopping travelling criminals before they had a chance to enter the town.
Drivers and pedestrians were stopped at key times of the day, particularly in the early hours of the morning, to ensure they were not committing, or planning to commit, crime.
Anyone behaving suspiciously or seen driving through the town during unsociable hours were stopped and spoken to by the officers.
Police have arrested a number of suspected criminals in the four week period.
This includes 44-year-old Derbyshire man Mark Woodliffe, who was arrested following a distraction burglary at a house in Nottingham Road on Tuesday 8 May, where cash was stolen from an elderly couple by a man claiming to be a police officer.
He was charged with burglary and theft and remanded into police custody.
Officers have also been focusing on preventing theft from vehicles by sending letters to motorists who left items on show, suggesting they follow simple crime prevention advice.
Regular neighbourhood alerts have also been sent out to local residents by email or text highlighting current crime trends and advice about deterring crime.
Hucknall Inspector Nick Butler said: “Operation Divot was all about getting back to basics.
“We know that the majority of offenders who commit crime in Hucknall do not live in the town and instead travel from other areas, like Nottingham.
“The policing team concentrated on patrolling the perimeter of the town at hotspot times to prevent criminals from entering the area either on foot or in vehicles.
“Not only did this lead to a significant reduction in crime, but it’s also improved the intelligence and information we have about the vehicles and people who visit Hucknall. This data will undoubtedly help us with our enquiries in the future.”
The operation may have come to an end on Sunday (20 May) but Insp Butler says the tactics employed by the team will continue to be used in the weeks and months to come.
He said: “Operation Divot may have technically ended but the work carried out by the team has been so obviously successful that the patrols will continue.
“Anyone considering visiting Hucknall to carry out unlawful deeds should know there is a dedicated team working day and night to stop them in their tracks.”
The Ashfield South team has not carried out the operation alone. Assisting them has been police volunteers, local response officers, detectives from CID, and officers from Mansfield Woodhouse and Ashfield North policing teams.
It is hoped the operation will now be rolled out to other areas within the county division.
Anyone who has information about criminality where they live should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Message sent on behalf of Inspector Nick Butler.