I have been receiving several comments from retail businesses and eateries about the increasing crime problems that they are suffering from - including shoplifting, vandalism and even attacks on staff.
We took our street stall to Birstall on Saturday to talk to local residents about crime and policing. It turned out to be a fascinating morning with lots of shoppers and passersby stopping to tell us about their concerns, views and about crime or anti-social behaviour in their home area.
On Saturday I took my street stall to Birstall, in Charnwood, where I was joined by local councillors as we chatted to shoppers and passersby. It soon became clear that burglary was a real concern in Birstall.
Anstey is a great place, with some interesting shops and eateries. It also has a hard working councillor in the shape of Deborah Taylor, who serves on botht he parish council and on Charnwood Borough Council.
A couple of days ago I was in Anstey, where I met up with Cllr Deborah Taylor who represents the area on Charnwood Council. I was particularly interested in how she has been helping to increase footfall in the high street area.