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Crime Prevention (Clwyd, South)

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department has taken to tackle crime in Clwyd, South since 1997. (105682)

The Home Office does not record activities to tackle crime by parliamentary constituency but by Community Safety Partnership areas. Clwyd, South falls within the boundaries of three Community Safety Partnerships—Denbighshire, Powys and Wrexham, with the main focus of crime reduction activity mainly in Denbighshire and Wrexham.

All Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in England and Wales target local crime priorities through their overall strategies for crime reduction, which are also supported by detailed police basic command unit (BCU) crime reduction plans.

Examples of activity relevant to Clwyd, South include the Home Office supporting the expansion of CCTV coverage throughout the Wrexham CSP area. The numbers of cameras in use has risen from 12 in 1997 to 90 now, and the control room has been linked to the Shop Link and Nightsafe initiatives which have targeted, respectively, small business and retail crime and violent alcohol-related crime.

The successful Targeted Policing Initiative on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, which has resulted in reductions in crime and which has been showcased across Europe as a best practice model, has been expanded locally.

Wrexham and Denbighshire CSPs have Building Safer Communities budgets of £181,204 and £131,835 respectively. In addition, both CSPs have additional budgets of £25,000 for antisocial behaviour co-ordinators.