Gareth Davies MP was pleased to meet with the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Chris Haward, this afternoon and receive an update on his force’s efforts. There has been an overall fall in crime at county level, and rural crime is down significantly thanks to the dedicated Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT).
Gareth was informed that local police are also taking antisocial behaviour seriously, with strong enforcement action and preventive initiatives. He was also able to highlight to the Chief Constable particular cases raised by constituents.
Under the Government’s Antisocial Behaviour Action Plan, uniformed patrols have been targeted to hotspot areas nationwide, helping to drive down antisocial behaviour as much as 30%. The punishment for those who graffiti, litter or fly-tip has also been increased, with fines of up to £500 and £1000 set at a national level.
Lincolnshire police have benefited from 189 more officers as part of a national uplift, and a £6 million funding increase under this years’ settlement. The Police and Crime Commissioner has also been awarded over £900,000 through the Safer Streets Fund to run local projects to combat antisocial behaviour this year and next.
CCTV technology is also being upgraded in South Kesteven thanks to £3.9 million funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
“Keeping our community safe will always be one of my top local priorities. We must remain vigilant and proactively root out criminal activity whenever and wherever it arises. I am glad that focus is shared by both the national government and the local police force, as we work together to ensure the safety of all.”