lot of crime is being reduced as a result of targeting. Superintendent
Steve Hartley from Lancashire Constabulary says, "Drugs dealers
will know now that we are not going to give up the fight, that they
will be on the back foot, that we will not stop."
majority of crime is committed by only a few criminals. For the
past five years, a scheme at Burnley has targeted these prolific
offenders, almost all of whom are drug addicts. The project, called
"Doredrecht" after the Dutch town where it was pioneered,
gives criminals a stark choice: either agree to rehabilitation or
The project's success rate has jumped from 25% to 50% of criminals
of the people on the scheme is 22-year-old Lee who lives in Burnley.
He explains the type of crime that he used to commit, "Shoplifting,
thefts, robbing from cars, anything that I could pinch."
He can't be sure as to how many crimes he committed, but thinks
it could be around 100, and the reason why was to feed his drug
habit. "I was on heroin, I was on about £30 a day, £40
a day, maybe sometimes £50. The more money you get, the more
was asked if he wanted to get involved in the Doredrecht project
whilst he was serving an 18 months' prison sentence. He thought
it was a good idea and explains how good it has been for him. He
helped me in a big way really because this is the longest time I've
stayed off heroin. They help you out in everything. If I've got
an appointment to go to, they'll ring me the day before just to
remind me just so I go.
Lee is on a methadone programme he says he no longer feels the need
to steal anymore. He says, "I just feel like a normal person,
I just go out to work like everybody else, earn money, come home."