Drug-taking is town’s biggest crime concern

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Drug-taking is the biggest crime concern among residents in Belper, according to latest figures.

Forty-two percent of per cent of people surveyed in the town said that that the problem was a major policing worry in the town.

Their fears were identified in a poll of 122 people in Belper conducted by Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Street-drinking came in second - with 38 per cent of people concerned about that issue with underage drinking and burglary, both chosen by 33 per cent of residents.

However, public opinion about work being done to combat antisocial behaviour in the town produced positive results - with 73.9 per cent of respondents who expressed an opinion believing that police and the local council are dealing with the problem.

Responding to the data, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “It’s very pleasing to see that the majority of those we interviewed are satisfied with the way we’re responding to antisocial behaviour in the Belper area.

“While these results are very encouraging tackling local crime and disorder is a priority of mine and I’m determined to continue working with partners to address these important issues.”

The survey was part of a series of events being held over the coming months to help Commissioner Charles understand the differing needs of Derbyshire’s diverse communities.

A key element of the consultation events will be providing crime prevention advice to residents to help them protect themselves and their property from crime.

It is hoped the information will be used to guide the Commissioner’s plans to make the county safer and help the force allocate resources to where they are needed most.

The results will be published in December.

The information provided also plays a key part in helping Chief Constable Mick Creedon to allocate police resources effectively.