As this is the first of my monthly columns, let me start by first saying hello to all the readers and residents of the Valley Area.
I have now been in charge of the Valley Neighbourhood Area since March 17. Before this I was the Inspector in charge of the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team.
I am looking forward to the challenge of policing the Valley area and I look forward to meeting many of you at the ward forums and community events that I will be attending in the forthcoming months.
I want to start by saying that the Valley has had a fantastic start to the police performance year in relation to recorded crime.
The Police performance year starts on April 1 and I am happy to say that in the first full month crime has dropped in comparison to the same period last year.
The headline figures are as follows:
l Overall Crime: 371 - down 83 offences.
l Burglary Dwelling: 20 - down 24 offences. This is a 54.4 per cent reduction.
l Burglary other: 34 - down 15 offences.
l Theft of motor vehicle: 10 - down eight offences.
l Violent crime:50 – down 24 offences.
l Other crime: 10 - down four offences.
l Criminal damage: 67 - down 41 offences.
The above is really positive and is down to the hard work of all the partners that we work with and you the residents and businesses who support us in detecting and bringing the offenders to justice.
As the weather is changing and we are beginning to get nice sunny warmer days I want to give everyone a timely reminder in relation to keeping your property and vehicles safe. Every year the district suffers from offences where vehicles and houses are left with insecure doors and windows.
It only takes a minute for a thief to nip in and steal property so please remember to lock it when you leave it or you may lose it. Please help the Valley team keep crime low by being aware and vigilant to this type of offence.
I would like to end the article by saying that my policing team is working hard with partners to make the Valley area a very safe and happy place to live.