Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Another successful "elected" Mayor cuts crime

Home of the 'Robocop' mayor sees crime down 20% since 2002

New statistics show crime is down in Middlesborough, where one-time 'Robocop' Ray Mallon has been mayor since 2002.
Before his election as Mayor of Middlesbrough, Mallon was a pioneering police chief, known as "Robocop", and was the most vocal advocate of 'zero tolerance' police techniques. The former Detective Superintendent Mallon vowed to "take back the streets'' from the criminals and to slash crime in Middlesbrough by 15 per cent.
Mallon aimed to achieve this with a 90-strong force of street wardens, Britain's biggest single community protection force.
Now Home Office figures show that since 2002 - the year Mallon was elected mayor - the community has seen a 25 percent drop in crime. Significant declines have been seen in 'robbery of personal property,' which has reduced by 65 percent over the past four years, and 'theft or unauthorised taking of a vehicle,' which has seen a 61 percent reduction.
The Safer Middlesbrough Partnership now aims to achieve a further eight percent crime reduction over the next year and the organisation is putting in place a new Community Safety Plan to help achieve this.
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