AN ambitious plan to make residents feel safer is being developed by Kirklees Council and its partners on the Safer, Stronger Communities Board.
The idea is to tackle crime and the fear of it, anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug misuse.
The board is made up of the council, local councillors, police, health, the probation service and fire and rescue services.
It works closely with local people so collectively they can tackle the issues that affect the lives of residents, their health and wellbeing.
Clr Jean Calvert, cabinet member for communities, who also chairs the Safer, Stronger Board, said: “Over the past 10 years, Kirklees has seen a reduction in personal and property crime with levels falling across the district thanks to this unique partnership.
“These reductions are starting to show in people’s perceptions of crime and feeling safe in their neighbourhood.”
Through the partnership’s efforts, crimes such as domestic burglary have fallen considerably. Violent crimes have reduced by 44% from 2005/06.
The levels of violent offences in Kirklees are less than similar areas nationally. There will continue to be a focus on issues such as alcohol related violence and domestic abuse.
Success from the partnership to date includes reducing re-offending by tackling factors that lead people into crime, such as drug and alcohol abuse.