A Safe Place to Live
Lower Than Average Crime Levels for Hampshire
“Basingstoke town is a safe place to live, work and visit.”
Inspector Clive Marsh, Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Hampshire Constabulary.
The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane has lower crime levels than the average for Hampshire police forces to make it one of the safest places in the county.
In July 2008, 1800 residents were surveyed - 89% of those who responded said their local neighbourhood was a safe place to live with the majority not being worried about crime.
In 2007/08, crime in the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane fell by 14.70%, equating to 2178 crimes. And when comparing the most recent six months (Apr. to Sept. 2008) with the same six months last year, crime in the borough was reduced by 5.20%, 350 crimes.
Last year reductions were not only achieved across most crime types, including violent offences, criminal damage, burglary and theft, but where reductions were achieved, the local reduction was often greater than that achieved nationally.
Crime Reduction Initiatives
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Community Safety Team, with partners, works to ensure that crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse in the Borough remains low.
A range of crime reduction initiatives are carried out each year, including an alcohol and criminal damage steering group, partnership meetings support for those suffering domestic violence, anti-social behaviour, persistent and priority offenders and travellers to ensure that Basingstoke and Deane is and continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.