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Crime levels linked to multi occupancy houses in Haverhill fall

The number of crimes linked to houses of multiple occupancy (HMO) in Haverhill has dropped by almost one quarter thanks to an operation involving the police and other organisations.

The police started to look into the issue of crime and anti-social behaviour connected to 39 HMOs in various parts of Haverhill in April 2016 after Danny Cooper, the Inspector for Haverhill, joined the ONE Haverhill Partnership board.

The problems were taken up by the ONE Haverhill crime and anti-social behaviour task group and the operation has involved the police and many other partners, including the borough and county councils, Reach Community Projects, the Probation Service, Citizens Advice Bureau and Havebury Housing, as well as key landlords.

Speaking at last Thursday’s ONE Haverhill Partnership board meeting, Insp Cooper said: “The group is very pleased with the results we have got and we are making good progress.”

The group looked at crime data linked to the 39 properties from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017 and the figures showed that in all categories, offences decreased.

Arson and criminal damage dropped by 36per cent (a fall of 14 crimes), burglaries by 22 per cent, drug offences by 42 per cent, pubic order offences by 24 per cent and violent crime by 9 per cent.

The overall number of crimes went down from 127 at its peak in 2016 to 72 at the end of 2017, a 23 per cent drop.

Insp Cooper said: “I’m really pleased with that, but there is more to be done and we are not claiming success by any means. I know there are still people living near HMOs that are still having problems.”

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