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Cutting Crime in Stockport

September 18, 2012 6:00 PM
By Cllr Mark Weldon, Executive member for Supporting Communities, Stockport Metropolitian Borough Council in Fighting Crime - Locally by the Lib Dem LGA group
Cllr Mark Weldon

Cllr Mark Weldon

The Safer Stockport Partnership joins together many public and voluntary organisations, including Liberal Democrat run Stockport Council, Greater Manchester Police, the Health Service, Greater Manchester Probation Trust, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Victim Support. Its purpose is to reduce crime, substance misuse and anti-social behaviour and the effect that has on the people of Stockport.

  • ŸThe 'Safer Stockport Partnership' recently heard how Stockport's successful crime policy has helped cut crime over the last eight years with over 900 fewer victims of crime.
  • ŸLast year anti-social behaviour was reduced by 21% which equates to 3,196 fewer incidents over the year.
  • We share information across the agencies to successfully prevent crime and disorder in the borough.
  • ŸIt's very encouraging that crime has fallen for the eighth consecutive year thanks to the highly successful partnership work. However, we are not complacent and are determined to ensure that crime falls even further by building on the close working relationships with community groups and partner organisations.

We recently held a key conference, addressed by Cllr Sue Derbyshire, the Lib Dem Leader of Stockport Council and Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes of Greater Manchester Police.

Among those who received awards at this conference were a group of young women from Brinnington involved in the Girls are Strong project which looked at the impacts of domestic abuse and ways to promote positive relationships through activities and events organised through Stockport Without Abuse and Brinnington Education Achievement Partnership.

Stockport resident, Brenda Bates was presented with an award for her work through Poet's Corner Action Group in North Reddish which meets on a monthly basis to provide a forum in which residents resolve neighbourhood issues together.

An example of Brenda's innovative work is the development of football opportunities for some of the challenging young people in North Reddish, which is now delivered every Saturday on the estate by Reddish North End Football Club.

And we want to do more. For instance, we are now offering residents involved in Neighbourhood Watch schemes the opportunity to sign up to Ringmaster, a new crime prevention tool.

Ringmaster is a computerised communication system run by the SSP. The system offers residents, Neighbourhood Watch schemes, businesses and partner organisations crime reduction information and notification of crimes, incidents and events in their local area.

The service is free and everyone who signs up can receive messages by email, text or phone.

For more information about the SSP and the 'Safer in Stockport' initiative visit www.saferstockport.org.uk or call 0161 474 3143.