Members of the Neighbourhood Police Team make regular reports to West Swindon Forum meetings every other month and often receive a round of applause from residents for the way they are dealing with crime.
The nationally approved statistics for 2011/12 provide an impressive picture of year-on-year reductions in West Swindon:
• 495 fewer victims of crime, down from 4,163;
• 86 fewer dwelling burglaries – from 230;
• 84 fewer non dwelling burglaries – from 478;
• 25 fewer robberies – from 52 (a drop of nearly 50 per cent)
• 74 fewer theft from motor vehicle offences – from 536
• 126 fewer criminal damages offences – from 880
• 548 fewer reports of ASB – from 3,401
Joint NPT manager PC Tom Turner said: “This is very positive news which the team are very pleased about. It also illustrates how closely we work with other organisations like the council’s housing department, the anti-social behaviour team and the managers of West Swindon Centre and Shaw Ridge Leisure Park.”
Sgt Peter Foster added: “The reason we’ve been able to get these results is because of community based intelligence. People have confidence in passing on information about suspicious activity and wrong doing and want something done about it. We couldn’t be as effective without the assistance we receive from residents.”
• PC Turner manages the NPT in the West with PC Steve Yates.