28th Sep, 2020

Police survey reveals anti-social behaviour is main concern of Bromsgrove residents

Ross Crawford 14th Jun, 2020 Updated: 14th Jun, 2020

ANTI-social behaviour remains a key issue for residents in Bromsgrove and Redditch and across north Worcestershire.

That was just one of the findings from a year-long survey into the forces of law and order carried out by West Mercia Police.

In all 32 per cent of residents said crime and anti-social behaviour was a big or very big issue while just 31 per cent said they saw a police officer or PCSO at least weekly.

However 82 per cent of residents tended to agree or strongly agreed they had confidence in West Mercia Police while 81 per cent said they were fairly or very confident they would receive a good service

A further 71 per cent said they felt West Mercia Police understood the issues in their community.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “The results have reaffirmed that anti-social behaviour is a key issue in north Worcestershire.

“I promised communities that I would increase police officer numbers to tackle these crimes, and the recruitment of new officers has progressed over the last few months, despite the challenges we are currently facing, due to Covid-19.

“The uplift in officer numbers will enable greater resources to be allocated into local policing and problem solving teams to tackle these issues.”

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham added: “The results of this quarter’s survey are very reassuring and we welcome the fact that the majority of our communities across West Mercia are saying they have confidence in their local police.

“However, there is no place for complacency and we remain focused on further improving the service for the residents of North Worcestershire.

“We know there is much more we can do, and there are certainly areas of our service delivery we can improve upon.

“We now look forward to welcoming even more officers to be deployed across the three counties over the coming months to help us become even stronger.

“Policing is about keeping people safe and overall we have achieved some very positive results.

“Keeping people safe in their homes, communities and on the roads remain our priorities.

“Together with the Police and Crime Commissioner and our community partners, we will keep working hard to provide all communities in West Mercia with a level of service they both expect and deserve.”

Thousands of people across the force area were interviewed over a 12 month period for the survey.

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