Team cuts crimes to five a day
FIVE a day is the number of victims of robbery, burglary and car crime in North East Lincolnshire, according to a police chief.
And staff from agencies dedicated to reducing crime and cutting reoffending rates in the area said they had the prescription to reduce the five-a-day to even less.
The figure for 2012 was announced at a presentation in Grimsby Minster to mark the first three years of the programme to curb reoffending by the Integrated Offender Management squad.
It includes representatives of Humberside Police, the probation service and housing and mental health teams, as well as drug intervention agencies.
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The five victims per day total is in contrast to the 10,000 crimes per year in North East Lincolnshire 15 years ago when the tally of victims reached 27 per day.
Detective Inspector Andy Watson said 10 per cent of criminals committed 50 per cent of all crime in the UK.
He hailed the success of the Integrated Offender Management programme in North East Lincolnshire where 70 per cent of offenders have their category of prolific offender reduced from "gold" to "bronze" within six weeks.
There are about ten "gold" category offenders in North East Lincolnshire and about 800 are subject to statutory supervision.
The worst offenders have frequent visits by officers who also carry out surveillance and use CCTV to track offenders.
The officer said: "It is not a soft touch."
Superintendent Darren Wildbore said: "There has been a significant reduction in crime in this area and it has come about through working in partnership.
"That has meant fewer victims. It has also brought changes and made a difference to the lives of offenders."
He said: "The success is a testament to the day-to-day work of people in the agencies who have passion, motivation and commitment and professionalism to make such a difference. We have the bedrock for success."
Representatives said they had schemes planned for the next 12 months to tackle crime further and pilot new initiatives in the South ward.
A 20-year-old guest speaker, who only wanted to be known as Jonathan, told how he had just been released from prison after admitting burglary and aggravated vehicle taking, but had now turned his life around.
He was applauded for his commitment to a crime-free life and his thanks to probation officers and the Integrated Offender Management Team.
He described his chaotic domestic life before he moved in with his father.
Jonathan said: "Life got back to normal and I was going to school. But then I ended up back committing crime."
He added: "Burglary is the lowest of the low. I realise that now." Now working full-time as a bricklayer, Jonathan said he was committed to living an honest life.
Reducing reoffending manager Bill Geer said the Coalition Government's initiative to tackle troubled families would lead to more intervention by agencies seeking to curb antisocial behaviour, non-attendance at schools and tackling benefit dependance.
He said the "Hands On" scheme organised by Empower gave offenders "a fresh start, a second chance".
Turn to page 13 for details of Lincolnshire Police And Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick's plans for his new role.