Anti-social behaviour reduction in Barnsley

Date published: 18 December 2019 14:56
Dated: 18 December 2019 14:50:58

During Halloween and bonfire night 2019, Barnsley saw a reduction in anti-social behaviour and fire related crimes across their district, and would like to thank the public and partners for their support.

On the run up to Halloween and bonfire night officers from the Barnsley Neighbourhood Teams joined forces with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Barnsley Council to educate, deter and remove risks in areas that see an increase in offences.

Neighbourhoods Inspector Rebecca Richardson explains how the teams have seen an overall reduction in offences, she said: “Before the nights started drawing in, our officers delivered safety presentations in local schools to their pupils, alongside the fire service.

“Our PCSO’s also teamed up with the fire service to hold joint crime and fire reduction stalls in the areas we see an increase in incidents.”
“We also got our cadets involved in the operation, carrying out test purchasing operations with Trading Standards representatives from Barnsley Council to ensure fireworks and alcohol were not being sold to those who are underage.”

Fire risks were also identified in the local community, such as fly tipping, untidy gardens and wheelie bins that were then removed before becoming problematic- a service offered by Barnsley Council.

The district saw a reduction of 81 offences since 2018, with 13 less deliberate fires.

In 2018 officers attended 387, which was a significant decrease on the 537 offences recorded in 2017.

This year officers attended 306 incidents of anti-social behaviour across the area.

Inspector Richardson added: “I would like to thank our partners at the council and fire service for their support in helping us tackle anti-social behaviour and making Barnsley a safer place to live and work.

“I would also like to thank the public for continuing to support our policing and operations within your area.”

Barnsley West officers with local trick or treaters

Barnsley West officers with local trick or treaters

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