Horsham District: safest place in West Sussex

THE Horsham District’s Community Safety Partnership was recently pleased to receive news of its success when the Horsham District was officially named as being the safest place to live, work and visit in West Sussex.

Crime comparison data issued by Sussex Police reveals that up to the end of January 2011, the Horsham District had the lowest number of recorded crimes in the county with 4,790 for the year in total.

This was a reduction of 478 crimes when compared to the previous 12-month period and was the second largest reduction in West Sussex.

Horsham District Police Commander, Chief Inspector Mark Trimmer of Sussex Police, said: “These statistics are a real testament to the hard work of a large number of individuals across the Partnership and beyond.”

The Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership Board is Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Director of Community Services at Horsham District Council, and giving her comments on the figures she said: “I am absolutely delighted with these latest figures and with our continued progress in driving down crime and disorder.

“We are aware that safety is a real concern for our residents and we are totally committed to building upon this success as we move forward.

“Although all of the agencies within the Partnership are facing some difficult resource decisions in the current economic climate, I can guarantee that we will carry on working together to make this District safer into the future.”

The District’s Community Safety Partnership brings together not only Horsham District Council’s own community safety team along with other departments within the District Council, but also includes organisations such as West Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust and NHS West Sussex.

The Partnership has recently released details of how it intends to build on this success in its new three year plan, which takes effect from 1 April 2011. This sets out five key crime and disorder objectives and gives targets for the next three years. These include further measures for tackling anti-social behaviour and for reducing acquisitive crime, environmental crime, road safety and serious violent crime.

More information about the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership is available online at www.horshamcsp.org or by calling 01403 215124.