POLICE say targeting a handful of known offenders is helping cut crime in a city.
Durham Police figures reveal recorded crime across Durham City has dropped by nine per cent year-on-year, with 350 fewer offences committed.
Paul Anderson, neighbourhood inspector for Durham City, said: “We regularly monitor trends and patterns, hotspot areas as well as individuals. I make no apologies for targeting individuals who wish to commit crime in and around Durham. It is my aim to keep people safe and to have less victims of crime.”
Insp Anderson said the Christmas and New Year period had been a lot quieter than usual, after a mid-December Day of Action against those “willing to burgle or steal in the run-up to Christmas”.
The initiative led to many arrests and admissions, including one person who admitted eight offences during a police interview.
Operation Fagan, a crackdown on shoplifters in the city centre and elsewhere run throughout December, also led to crime reductions.
Insp Anderson thanked residents for their help during 2010 and called on them to continue their support throughout 2011.