People say they feel ‘safer than ever’ living in Basford

People in Basford say they feel “safer than ever” living in the area of Nottingham.

Business owners and residents have spoken about what problems there are when it comes to crime in Basford – and how they feel it’s improved in recent months.

Despite this, some youths are still said to be causing some problems with anti-social behaviour and public drinking and drug taking.

Fadi Alkomi, 25, owns a chip shop, a takeaway and a shop all in the Basford area.

He said: “There’s no trouble here really – you do get some incidents in other areas around here.

“I have only experienced one problem really and that was in the takeaway about three months ago. They tried to steal money and break away the till.

“I called the police but they never caught who tried to do it.

“You get a lot of the trouble from 15, 16 and 17 year olds but I think that’s to be expected. You get a little bit of trouble everywhere, there will always be some problems.

“As a business owner, it’s actually alright around here.”

Meanwhile Khartik Nallamthu, who works in Vernon Mini Mart on Vernon Avenue, told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s very quiet around here.

“We get most of our customers from the tram, they are passengers who are coming in or out.

“It feels quite safe around here now.”

According to recent crime statistics for the area, anti-social behaviour and violent and sexual offences were the most commonly reported crime in April 2021.

There were 68 reports of each, along with 25 reports of criminal damage and 16 of public order offences.

Faye Jones, 65, who has lived in Basford for more than 30 years, said: “You do see a lot of kids drinking and smoking drugs.

“But in general I would say it’s getting better round here. I feel safe, definitely.

“I think it has a bad reputation with some people but if they came here they would see it’s not like that. Where I live we get next-to-no trouble.”

There were 220 incidents reported in April this year – this has fallen from 255 in May 2020.

“I think anti-social behaviour is the biggest problem,” said another resident, who wished to remain anonymous.

“You get kids hanging around and causing trouble – I think just because they are bored.

“I don’t think it’s particularly bad in Basford, I feel safer than ever – if you go to other areas of Nottingham it’s a lot rougher.”


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