CCTV cameras playing part in cutting Barton crime rate
CRIME figures are continuing to fall in Barton.
Seventy crimes were committed in December, compared to 82 in November.
And officials say CCTV cameras in the town are playing a role in cutting the figures.
The new CCTV camera in Baysgarth Park is helping to deal with antisocial behaviour problems there, councillors say.
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Barton town mayor Paul Vickers said: "The CCTV is proving to work.
"It gives the police the chance to go back and collaborate any stories. This has been made available through partnership work.
"Going forward, I would like us to add to the CCTV and look at areas where we have blind spots.
"But that is for another day."
Despite the drop in crime, local residents have reported to police that the park is being used by underage drinkers who are sometimes loud and use abusive language.
Police say broken bottles and empty cans left in the area have made it unpleasant for families and others – although the CCTV is helping to tackle the problem.
A Humberside Police spokesman said: "Patrols of the park by officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) have resulted in several underage drinkers being taken home and spoken to in the company of a parent or guardian.
"This was to highlight the dangers of underage drinking and to explain the impact their actions can have on the others. "With the high visibility policing presence in the area, no doubt assisted by the weather, the police have seen a significant reduction in both the amount of alcohol seized and the number of youths present.
"The police are appealing to the parents to ensure their children do not have access to alcohol in public in Barton."
The police say Barton is an alcohol exclusion zone.
Alcohol can be seized from anyone of any age, if they are drinking it in public or suspected of supplying it to under age drinkers.
The spokesman said: "The team has recently been in contact with residents in the area who report a reduction in the number of persons causing problems in the park.
"North Lincolnshire Council's Safer Neighbourhoods team has installed a CCTV camera in the park to help prevent and detect crime and antisocial behaviour.
"The patrols will continue."