Drinking and drugs top crime concerns


Underage drinking, drug taking and burglary were picked as top priorities for policing in Ilkeston in a public survey, it was revealed.

The ‘Over to You’ consultation event, which took place in Ilkeston Market Square on June 19, has now confirmed that 42 per cent of residents who filled in the survey pointed to underage drinking as one of their most important issues for policing in the area.

Drug taking was chosen by 40 per cent, and burglary by just over a third, at 34 per cent.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, shares the public’s concerns.

He said: “I want to see alcohol and drug problems tackled before they lead to crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Our partners are working closely on this with the force on preventative and rehabilitation schemes.

“Also, burglary can bring great distress, and we are working hard to prevent it happening in the first place.”

In the 116 questionnaires completed on the day, over half (56.6 per cent) expressed an opinion that the police and local council were dealing with the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area.

In fact, there was only a marginal (0.5 per cent) increase in crimes in the Ilkeston section in the last financial year, amounting to just 15 more crimes than in the previous year.

Charles added: “The opinions of those who live and work in Ilkeston help us to assess how we are doing and how we can improve.

“We really value feedback.”

How Ilkeston faired in the survey.

Over a quarter (26.9 per cent) of those who expressed an opinion in the survey thought that crime had increased in the past 12 months, with nearly half (48.4 per cent) thinking it had stayed the same.

There were 174 burglaries in Erewash between January and May 2014.

There were 341 recorded drug offences in Erewash in 2012-13.