Council leader calls on residents to report more crimes

Cllr Rob Gledhill addresses Cabinet this evening.

THURROCK Council leader Cllr Rob Gledhill has called on borough residents to join the authority and the police in the fight against anti-social behaviour and criminal activity on the streets of Thurrock.

Speaking at this evening’s (Tuesday, 12 February) meeting of the council’s cabinet Cllr Gledhill announced an 8.5 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour in the borough over the last 12 months.

However, he acknowledged that the figures might well be influenced by residents not bothering to report bad behaviour and crime because they don’t think the police will respond, prompting him to say: “I can only take partial comfort in these figures.”

He added that the council now has an “excellent” relationship with the police in Thurrock and joint working offered the opportunity to improve the situation, but repeated that residents had to engage in the process.

“I helps give a more accurate view of the situation and helps us put the resources where they are needed,” he said, asking residents to report incidents via the 101 telephone line or Crimestoppers.

Cllr Gledhill also announced a 50 per cent reduction in motorcyle-related crime – and that the council had expanded its CCTV network across the borough to 30 locations.