Published: November 17, 2010
Anti-social behaviour falls by over a third in Burnham-On-Sea

Anti-social behaviour in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has dropped by over a third during the past two years, police have announced this week.

From 2008-2009 there was a recorded drop in anti-social behaviour calls of 8.29 per cent and a further drop of 31.88 per cent from 2009–2010, or a 37.52 per cent reduction over two years.

The Highbridge area in particular has seen a dramatic fall in reported anti-social behaviour calls with 2008-2009 seeing a 29.17 per cent reduction and 2009 to 2010 a 42.57 per cent drop, meaning the area is currently on target for a total reduction of 59.33 per cent over the two year period.

As a result of working with the local communities on a variety of projects, such as the Dreamscheme, Local Action Teams and Neighbourhood Watch schemes, there has been significant drop in reported anti-social behaviour calls.

Sergeant Marc Jobson from Burnham-On-Sea Police Station told "The introduction of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has made a significant impact in helping to build trust and confidence within our communities and allows police officers to carry out other duties in tackling crime."

"Local beat teams continue to work in partnership with other agencies, volunteers, local action groups and their communities to further reduce ASB, crime and disorder to create safer communities for us all."

"I encourage everyone to take an active role within their communities for the benefit of their neighbourhood. If you have any concerns, don't suffer in silence. Stand together with the police and make a difference."

Chief Inspector Ian Norrie added: "I am delighted with these results. Police teams are working hard with local residents and partner agencies to bring levels of ASB incidents down, and they are obviously having a dramatic impact in this area."

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