Plan to reduce victims of crime in Nottingham to 22,000 (but the number's actually going up)

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Plans to reduce the number of victims of crime by 20 percent have been updated after it was revealed the figure has gone up in the last year.

Ambitious plans aimed to reduce victim-based crime reduced by 20 per cent in the city by 2020.

It was part of the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Plan, a multi-agency approach to tackling crime and substance misuse in the area, involving Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes, Nottinghamshire Police and the Probation Service.

From August 2014 to July 2015, there were 28,021 victims of crime – but this has risen by 3.8 percent this year to 29,084. The city council has now said it is prioritising the work in a bid to bring the number down.

The partnership will be aiming to see victim-led crime reduced to 22,421 by 2019/20.

Crimes being targeted include violence against a person, domestic violence against a person, night-time economy violence, sexual offences, knife crime, serious and organised crime, burglary and robbery, theft from a person, shoplifting, anti-social behaviour and hate crime.

Councillor Toby Neal: "I think the figures are high - people have experienced crime and it is at a high level in recent years.

"That's the reason behind the priority work.

"We have to renew and re-energise things that have worked in the past and look at new strategies. A lot of this (crime) goes in hand with alcohol and drug misuse."

The Partnership Plan was approved at a Nottingham City Council meeting today (Sep 11).

In the report, Councillor Jon Collins, chair of the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Board, said: "Nottingham has made huge strides in recent years in reducing crime, antisocial behaviour and the factors that drive them such as the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

"Tackling long term issues for the city has seen crime fall by more than half since 2006 while Nottingham has once again been rated as the cleanest city in the UK.

"Despite these successes there is still more to do to ensure Nottingham is as safe, clean and healthy as it can be."

Plans are also in place to increase recovery from substance misuse dependency by being five percent above the average rate of successful completions from treatment for the core cities in England.

The report says: "Overall there have been few significant changes in the crime profile in Nottingham over the twelve months since the previous assessment and theft offences continue to account for the greatest share of crime across the city.

"However, the increase in violent crime has continued whilst the proportion of sexual offences has declined slightly compared to the previous year. Beyond this, serious and organised criminality continues to present an increasing threat; with a number of groups operating within the city and the surrounding area.

"In the period covered by the assessment, the city centre accounted for 23.3 percent of all crime in Nottingham. Bulwell recorded the second greatest volume, followed by Berridge and Arboretum wards.

"Despite some minor improvements, people ages 21 to 30 continue to represent the key demographic group, accounting for a disproportionate amount of crime in terms of both offending (34 percent) and victimisation (28 percent)".

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, told the Post: "Naturally, we all want to see fewer victims of crime, that is one of the key purposes of the police and an ambition I know that we share with our partners.

"However, while in Nottinghamshire the actual number of incidents has not risen significantly, the way in which crimes are recorded has changed dramatically. That’s the main reason why the number of recorded crimes went up this year and is expected to do so again next year, both Nottinghamshire and nationally".

Superintendent Ted Antill, of Nottinghamshire Police, added: "The Crime and Drugs Partnership Plan is in response to the legislative requirement for statutory partners to work together to tackle crime and disorder.

"In addition to the preparation of a five-year plan, that plan is re-visited annually and updated as required. The 2017/18 refreshed plan has been approved by the CDP board and was presented today to a full meeting of the city council.

"We continue to work with our partners and the communities we serve to make Nottinghamshire a safe, secure place to live, work and visit".

The refreshed plan was passed at the city council meeting.