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Crime Commissioner says police are 'improving'
AVON and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says police performance has improved since she launched a major plan on how to deal with key priorities ranging from antisocial behaviour to domestic violence.
Ms Mountstevens’s Police and Crime Plan labelled anti-social behaviour, tackling burglary, domestic and sexual violence and victim satisfaction as priorities.
And in Avon and Somerset, there have been improvements in these areas from April to June 2013, compared to this time last year.
Ms Mountstevens said: “This is a really promising start by the constabulary.
“These results capture just a small window but it’s good to be able to share with residents how the police are doing.
“I don’t think we should shy away from the areas that need improving. I think by being open and honest with residents it gives us all a better sense of how we can work together to make our communities even safer and encourage people to report crimes.
“Burglary will continue to be a focus. Around 30% of all burglaries could have been avoided, because burglars got in through open windows or unlocked doors. I am keen that we all do what we can to avoid opportunist thieves.”
So far this year, there have been 450 fewer burglaries across Avon and Somerset than at the same time last year, but reported sexual offences have gone up by 7%.
Victim satisfaction has risen slightly, from 86.7% to 87.4%.
Police say road safety has been identified as an additional priority for people, and Ms Mountstevens has asked for a review of the effectiveness of fixed speed and red light cameras, mobile cameras and speed awareness courses, alongside a review of potential costs and revenues.
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