Safer Bromley Partnership builds on Operation Crystal success

Published Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Over the last two years, the Safer Bromley Partnership has been working with partners from Affinity Sutton and A2Dominion to combat unacceptable antisocial behaviour in Bromley.

The initiative is called Operation Crystal.  It has seen a series of multi-agency operations involving Council officers and police, housing association officers, the Department of Works and Pensions, HMRC and other agencies to tackle antisocial behaviour, environmental crime such as littering, fly tipping, graffiti and criminal damage as well as serious crimes such as the supply of illegal drugs.

Local knowledge is paramount in helping to stop serious antisocial behaviour and to deal with crime in local neighbourhoods. As Operation Crystal moves into its next year of targeted action, the Safer Bromley Partnership is calling for residents to report the things that trouble them. There will also be a six monthly survey of residents in antisocial behaviour hotspots to get their opinions on the area and the success of the operations.

Executive Member for Public Protection and Safety Cllr Kate Lymer said: “Previous exercises have proved extremely successful in dealing with issues that blight people’s lives. Evidence shows that getting people motivated and involved in cleaning up their area really injects pride in their neighbourhood and sends out a clear message that distressing antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated.”

A further part of Crystal Operation will see police and housing officers leafleting areas to explain what is happening and highlighting contact numbers for reporting issues.
During its two years, Operation Crystal has reduced reported offending across the Crystal areas by 58%; fly tipping and graffiti have been reduced and prolific offenders evicted.