Crystal is a glittering success

Published Thursday, 15 October 2015

Bromley Council is working with its Safer Bromley Partners to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in four main ‘hotspots’ in the north of the borough.

Operation Crystal, now in its second year of four, has resulted in a 58 per cent drop in reported offences in these areas during its first year alone. The multi-agency operation aims to work with local communities to raise awareness of how people can get involved to report problems and help keep their neighbourhood clean and safe. The programme has cleared more than 84 tonnes of long-term fly tipped rubbish in and around the targeted areas while also visibly tackling crime related matters and has included joint operations to deal with specific issues raised in resident surveys conducted by the Police.

Bromley Council and Police work closely with other partners including Affinity Sutton and Kier within the areas identified from council and police data as hot spots for antisocial Behaviour and Envirocrime. Some 140 known perpetrators of noise and antisocial behaviour have been visited and warned that their behaviour will not be tolerated. Further successes from Operation Crystal include: 23 Arrests made for various offences, 42 benefit fraud investigations,10 Police warrants resulting in arrests for drugs, firearms and other offences, 12 Acceptable Behaviour Contracts issued and two major offenders evicted. As members of the community see the improvements being made and offer their support, fly tipped rubbish and graffiti continue to fall within the targeted areas.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Member for Public Protection and Safety said: “Led by the council, working in partnership with police, housing associations, residents and other partners, Operation Crystal has been a huge success. Crystal continues to drive down environmental crime and antisocial behaviour and will be adapted to deal with any changes required within the designated areas to ensure the continuing success of the initiative. Further operations are planned over the next year to build on the fine results already achieved.”

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