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16 September 2002
Cracking crime in Lancashire
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Cracking Crime - things look good in Lancashire
Police in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale are celebrating a dramatic fall in crime. Burglary is down by 38%, car crime by 22% and there has been no repetition of last year's racial disturbances.
BBC Radio Lancashire's Rod Crocker interviews:
audio Superintendent Steve Hartley: about targeting crime

Detective Constable Ken Tyson: about how the Doredrecht project helps offenders re-organise their lives

audio Lee: about his life, before and after the Doredrecht project
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(based on figures 1 April - 31 August 2002)

There have been 530 fewer break- ins.
380 fewer cars have been broken into.

Racially motivated crime is down by 54% with 120 fewer incidents.

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A 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."

The 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 face re-arrest.

The project's success rate has jumped from 25% to 50% of criminals not re-offending.

One 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 you have."

Lee 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 says, "It's 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.

Now 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."

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