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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 06:09 GMT 07:09 UK
Crime-busting project unveiled
Crime graphic
Wales' first crime and disorder strategy is due to be unveiled in Newport on Monday.

John Denham, minister of state for policing and crime reduction, will be in Wales' newest city with Gwent Police, the probation service, and other agencies when details are announced.

car crime
Car crime is on the way down in Newport

The three-year crime and disorder scheme in Newport has five clear aims, which include reducing anti-social behaviour by local youths, promoting good citizenship, and reducing assaults on minority groups.

A community safety warden project is also being introduced in the city to increase public confidence.

Looking forward to his visit, Mr Denham said: "Reducing crime and making neighbourhoods feel safer is a joint effort.

"A determined partnership approach can make a real contribution to tackling crime, and Newport is starting to achieve those results.

Newport crime strategy - five aims:
reduce violent crime
reduce burglaries
reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol
improving road, fire and home safety
encourage good citizenship among young people

"The scheme addresses the real issues affecting the quality of life in Newport, identifying ways to combat crime and substance abuse, and encouraging social inclusion and good citizenship by young people."

Mr Denham is due to meet members of the local estate ranger service, the "bobby van" crime reduction scheme, and Newport's youth offending teams.

Newport's cabinet member for community safety, Councillor Bob Bright, said: "Our aspiration is to create a city where people feel safe and have a good quality of life. Tackling crime and disorder is key to this aim.

"Newport's strategy is based on a firm partnership between the police, city council and a wide range of organisations representing the whole community."

Bobby van

Chief Superintendent Kevin Price said: "This strategy not only builds on our previous successes, but also focuses on the concerns of our community in relation to the incidence and fear of crime and disorder.

"The recent comprehensive audit clearly identified key areas of work needed to improve the quality of life within the city which are incorporated in this three year strategy."

The "bobby van" project has helped reduce the number of repeat crimes against the elderly and vulnerable, by fitting proper security measures.

Clean up

Of 4,700 victims, only six have suffered a second break-in, compared with a UK average of 15%.

Newport's Reassurance Scheme has made inroads in using offenders on community orders to clear up rubbish and graffiti in the city.

The city's neighbourhood ranger service set up in 1994 has helped tackle problems such as excessive noise, threatening behaviour, vandalism and neighbour disputes.

Later this year, the scheme will be extended across the city.

A total of 21 Newport schools in crime blackspots are being fitted with CCTV cameras to prevent vandalism and criminal damage.

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