Christmas safety campaign a massive success


Wrexham Community Safety Partnership’s Christmas campaign has been a huge success this year with town centre crime and disorder figures plummeting to record low levels.


The partnership, which is made up of agencies such as the council , crimelink, nightsafe, the town centre forum and North Wales Police have implemented a number of schemes and operations in order to tackle crime and disorder with a view to making the festive period as safe as possible for those visiting Wrexham.


Inspector Mark Williams said: ‘We have made some fantastic progress with crime reduction throughout 2012 and the partnership was keen that the anticipated December increase was kept to a minimum.  The Neighbourhood Policing Team in the town centre has been working hard with local businesses and Wrexham CCTV to tackle the annual increase in shoplifting.  This has had a dramatic affect with a reduction of 39% compared to December last year.


"Operation Lex has also been implemented which enables officers to react quickly to incidents of disorder, dealing with minor issues before they escalate into criminal behaviour.  As a result, public order offences have reduced by a staggering 38% compared to December last year.


"There is no doubt that Wrexham is a safer place than it was 12 months ago."


The Think Safe, Drink Safe Campaign has also assisted in keeping people safe.  The Help Point situated on Brook Street and the ‘Safe Wrexham’ App have provided town centre revellers with vital information to reduce their vulnerability.