Crime wave (goodbye): Rochdale’s burglary, violent crime and robbery rates fall

By Matt Turner

Crime in Rochdale has decreased significantly over the past 12 months, a new report to the Borough Council’s Cabinet has revealed.

Burglary, vehicle crime and robberies saw the biggest reduction, which fell by more than 21%, according to the report by the Safer Communities Partnership.

Criminal damage (19.2%) and violent crime (10.2%) enjoyed considerable reductions, with victim-based crimes and anti-social behaviour also declining.

The report also highlights that 92% of drug users in the town are engaged in treatment for their problems, which is the highest figure of this kind in the region.

Councillor Sultan Ali, Cabinet Member for Strengthening Communities, has expressed the Council’s delight at the report but also stressed that their work was far from over.

Cllr Ali said: “These positive results are down to the hard work of the council, police and other agencies all working together on numerous crime reduction initiatives across the borough.

“The reduction in crime is great news but we want to assure residents we will not become complacent and will continue to keep up the good work in the future.”

The council has also planned a number of initiatives in order to make sure the figures continue to improve, such as the introduction of new Neighbourhood Resolution Panels across the borough.

There will also be a new programme designed to protect children and young people from alcohol-related harm as well as a Greater Manchester Police Volunteer Cadet Scheme aimed at promoting interest in policing amongst 13-17 year olds.

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