Police in Coventry have
started weekly crime advice surgeries for people living in the Stoke
They are being held to quell
residents’ fears about crime in the Lower Stoke area after officers
discovered that a lot of people in the area were very concerned about
burglary, vandalism and vehicle crime.
Following a series of meetings
with residents associations, council officers and other agencies, a
beat officer was given special responsibility for the area.
The weekly surgery, fronted by
PC Neil McCormack, will be held on Tuesdays between 5pm and 7pm in the
CCF Building in David Road.
Sgt Phil Horton said once
police realised the concerns of residents 12 months ago, they saw that
members of the community needed more support.
“Now that action has been
taken, the response from the community has been fantastic, Crime has
been dropping, and people are helping themselves by providing us
with the information we require to make the partnership work.
“All the other agencies in
the area are working together to improve the quality of life for
everyone, and there could be eviction orders and anti-social
behaviour orders in the pipeline for the worst offenders.
local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators are acting as focal points
for leaflets, which will soon be dropping though the doors of those
living in the area inviting them to drop into the surgery.”