Police statistics show Teesdale remains among safest places in the North-East (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police statistics show Teesdale remains among safest places in the North-East
TEESDALE remains one of the safest places in the region to live.
That was the reassuring message from police to town councillors in Barnard Castle.
Presenting statistics covering the six months from April 1 to September 30, Sgt Simon Rogers, of Barnard Castle police, said there had been 241 reported crimes in Teesdale, down from 267 during the same period last year.
“Across the Durham force area, crime has risen slightly, but in Teesdale, we are bucking the trend and we are working hard to keep that figure down,” he said.
The number of incidents of anti-social behaviour has risen slightly, 264 compared to 253 in 2012 and there have been 24 reports of damage to motor vehicles this year, up from 15.
There were just four house burglaries in Teesdale between April and the end of September, while thefts from motor vehicles – 27 – is the same as last year.
Eleven cars have been reported stolen, compared to five last year and there have been 11 shoplifting offences, up from five.
On drugs, Sgt Rogers said: “Do we have a problem in Teesdale? No, however, drug taking does go on and we will never stop that.”
In the most recent operation, a sniffer dog was taken into nine pubs on September 20, and using wipes on surfaces in the toilets showed drug use had taken place in three of them.
“We are not naïve, we know drugs are everywhere, but I don't think there is a major problem here,” added Sgt Rogers.
“We got a positive response from everyone in the pubs we visited and we keep the licencees involved and hope they increase their actions to target it.”
Sgt Rogers said a project involving PCSOs and Teesdale YMCA to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour was working well.
“We have taken a large amount of alcohol away. Kids are going to drink, but we want to catch the people who are buying drink for them.
“A number of tickets have been issued and that will continue,” he said.
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