Community Safety Action Plan established

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Community Safety Action Plan established

A stakeholders meeting, chaired by local MP David Cameron, has produced an 18-point action plan for combating crime and disorder and improving police visibility in Chipping Norton.

The meeting on Friday 5th October was attended by representatives from Thames Valley Police, West Oxfordshire District Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Chipping Norton Town Council and Chipping
Norton Neighbourhood Action Group.

Part of the plan includes:
• Holding a public community safety workshop
• Completing a review of CCTV
• Organising an alcohol seizure operation from those underage followed up with a parent alcohol awareness workshop
• Arranging a local recruitment drive for Special Constables
• Continuing to carry out test purchasing operations
• Publishing a Neighbourhood Action Group newsletter and reviewing the NAG
• Continue issuing monthly reports from the Neighbourhood Team
• Holding a Community Action Day to deal with environmental crime

Local MP David Cameron said: "We all have a responsibility - politicians, police, neighbours, businesses - to strengthen our communities and create a society that is safe. The most effective way of achieving this is to work in partnership and I welcome this 18-point action plan."

A Bogus Callers Awareness Day was held in the town centre on Wednesday 17 October following an increase in distraction burglaries district-wide. The event, involving Trading Standards, Age Concern and
Anchor Staying Put, offered advice to residents concerning doorstep callers.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member for Communities at West Oxfordshire District Council said: "Cllr John Osmond from Chipping Norton Town Council has been appointed as the community safety and police liaison and this will help to ensure we are all working in partnership. The plan will be reviewed and developed again in January."

"The Chipping Norton area has seen a 6% reduction in crime in the past six months, compared to the same period last year," explained Chief Inspector Dennis Evernden. "There has been an increase in the number of Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers and the neighbourhood team also has the additional resources of CID, Roads Policing, Scenes of Crime, and the police support staff who, for
example, deal with phone calls, coordinate neighbourhood watch schemes, and give crime reduction advice."

Posted : 05/11/2007 13:16:28

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