Crime in Quedgeley up 10% on last year
CRIME in Quedgeley has increased year-on-year, according to the latest figures.
There were 184 reported incidents in November, compared to 167 a year earlier – a ten per cent increase.
The biggest problem for the area is anti-social behaviour, with 102 incidents reported.
There were 18 burglaries, 16 reports of criminal damage, three drugs investigations, five shoplifting incidents, nine attacks on cars and seven violent crimes.
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Hotspots for the area were around the centre of Quedgeley, near to the community centre, where anti-social behaviour has been plaguing the centre's users for weeks.
The figures, released by the national police crime mapping service, come as a youth worker was assigned to the area to improve the situation.
They have been given the task of finding out what it would take to get some anti-social youths off the streets and out of trouble.
Teenagers have been reported roaming around the Kingsway estate – even on cold winter nights – using allegedly foul and abusive language.
Parish councillors even paid for a security guard and police stepped up patrols to put a stop to the unruly behaviour.
Andy Jarrett, from Quedgeley Community Trust, helped to set up an action group to look at how provision for young people could be improved in the area.
He said: "It looks likely that Quedgeley, including Kingsway, will soon have a new detached youth worker.
"Their role will be to ask young people on our streets what they want to do and try to deliver it."
A police spokesman said: "The increase is largely down to the problem Gloucester as a whole has been experiencing with burglary. An operation has been ongoing with both overt and proactive patrols and officers giving out advice to residents to ensure they don't become a victim.
"Anti-social behaviour can only be eradicated if everyone in the community comes together to take responsibility."