Focus on crime in Walsall continues to yield results
An operation in Walsall targeting high crime areas and criminals who live in those areas continues with great success.
Operation Focus was launched at the beginning of October last year - using police resources slightly differently - the operation has seen 149 arrests and a reduction in burglary and business crime.
Since 1 April last year, burglary has reduced by 138 offences and business crime by 166 compared to the same period the year before.
Officers remain committed to tackling burglary and business crime and have introduced short and long term measures to reduce these problems. Last year dedicated specialist burglary teams were set up to investigate these crimes and apprehend those responsible.
Intelligence is constantly reviewed and shared which helps to identify offending patterns across the region. Since September last year, an intelligence-led operation has been under way utilising local neighbourhood teams, investigation, traffic and motorway police to target criminals.
Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, responsible for policing in Walsall, said: “While this reduction in crime is positive, we remain focused on reducing crime and robustly deal with those committing it, putting many before the courts.
“I do however understand concerns raised by many residents and businesses in Walsall, their fear of crime and their disappointment regarding the closure of the old station at Green Lane which is currently being demolished.
“As has been widely reported, the station was sold in November 2017 as part of the overall force estates strategy which earmarked buildings which were not fit-for-purpose; and where savings could be made to help protect policing services in the future.
“Some of my local neighbourhood policing teams moved into the Civic Centre in 2016 as part of a partnership with the local authority; allowing partners to work even closer together. This has created an innovative working environment with partners in the heart of the community, enhancing partnership activity and in close proximity to local communities. The team that cover Walsall town centre are in fact even closer now than when they were based at Green Lane. Only this weekend officers were quickly able to arrest a 30-year-old man for a robbery, he’s been bailed pending further enquires, and arrest and charge 32-year-old Imran Wall, from Green Lane, Walsall, for four theft from shops.
“We continue to rely on members of the public for their help in taking criminals off the streets. We’ve got some excellent working relationships with members of the community and local businesses who are really proactive in sharing our messages and advice.
“I’d like to offer my thanks to these people and encourage anyone else who is interested in working with us via schemes such as Neighbourhood Watch or Street Watch to get in touch. We’re particularly keen to explore how we can work closer with local businesses and improve ways they can work with each other to keep the town safer."
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