Mansfield Town Centre: safest in ten years
Mansfield Town Centre can boast its lowest crime figures in ten years and the number of retail thefts is the lowest since records began.
Figures released by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) show that the number of offences in the town centre has decreased by 14% in the last year (2067 incidents were recorded in the financial year 2007/08 compared to 2406 in 2006/7).
The last time figures were at this level was the year 1997/8.
In particular, the number of violent crimes has fallen by 20% in the last year: with 602 incidents recorded (compared with 761 in 2006/7).
Also, the number of thefts from shops has reached its lowest recorded level. In the last year 389 such thefts were recorded.
The earliest recorded MPAC statistics (1995/6) show 684 retail thefts.
In the last year a range of proactive measures have been put in place to help improve the safety of the area, including:
In April 2007 MPAC provided funding for the manufacture of purse bells (three small bells on a clip attached to purses that ring if disturbed) which were distributed to shoppers by members of the Mansfield Safer Business Partnership (MSBP),
In June 2007 MSPB introduced the 'Banned from One Banned from All' scheme; where persistent offenders receive bans from all stores owned by members of the Safer Business Partnership.
At present, there are 18 prolific shop thieves banned from these stores.
Councillor Danny McCrossan, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection commented: "It is pleasing to see that Mansfield Town Centre is now seeing the lowest number of recorded crimes in the last ten years."
"Whilst recognising that one crime committed is one crime too many; this is a testament to the partners who have come together and worked hard to make our town centre a safer place."
"Hopefully, this will send out the message that Mansfield Town Centre is a dynamic, vibrant and, most of all, a safe place to visit."
Chief Superintendent Nick Holmes said: "The results just go to show commitment of local agencies and businesses to tackle crime and long may it continue."