Wigan getting safer

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WIGAN is a safer place according to the latest anti-social behaviour figures.

They show that there were 2369 less incidents of antisocial behaviour between April 1 and October 28 this year compared to the same period of time in 2011, marking a significant drop of 29 per cent.

Police chiefs say the drop is down to various operations in which potential offenders are targeted.

Superintendent Andrea Jones for Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division (pictured) said: “We have achieved some superb reductions since the beginning of the year and they are down to the hard work of all of our teams across the divisions.

“Here in Wigan officers carry out frequent operations to target offenders and the Neighbourhood Policing Teams together with our Crime Reduction Specialists issue crime prevention advice to the public at every opportunity.

“To tackle antisocial behaviour we have run extra patrols in those areas affected, carried out alcohol confiscations and monitored licensed premises to stop alcohol being illegally purchased by or for children.

“Antisocial behaviour is a blight on communities, and we will continue to crack down on it wherever it occurs.”

In addition a recent survey carried out by police revealed that more than 90 per cent of the community have confidence in their local police.

Superintendent Jones, added: “These results are a great indication that we have been listening to the community and responding to their concerns.

“We work with our partners which include the local authority on a daily basis to act on the concerns that affect you and your quality of life. Our work also includes early intervention with young offenders to prevent them from entering the criminal justice process.”

For non-emergency calls or to report crime call police on 101 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/wigan

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.