TOWNS and villages across North Worcestershire have described crime and anti social behaviour as ‘a fairly big problem’.
And they have also hit out at police for low levels of visibility, with 67 per cent of those surveyed rating it as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.
However, across the entire West Mercia area, which includes Shropshire and Herefordshire as well as Worcestershire, the majority said they perceived the policing as ‘fair’.
These are among the findings of a town and parish council survey carried out by the force. The study wanted to give an insight into how councils view local policing, the contact and engagement from the police and crime and antisocial behaviour in their area.
Generally, for local policing, police are seen to be doing a fair job, working well with councils who have confidence in the police to resolves issues.
It was largely found that it was fairly easy to access local policing teams, council requests for information were responded to well by the police and councils were somewhat familiar with their Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “The findings are reflective of the plans already in place.
“It is reassuring to see that the relationship between councils and police is generally good at a local level but there are some clear areas to improve. Visibility of frontline policing is a priority and I have invested to protect this.”