14:39 Monday 24 February 2014

Crime stats offer look at issues across area

Written byROB SMYTH

02/07/13 Pics of new swad inspector - Swad police stationSwadlincote Police station - New Inspector Nigel Lidsey (also pictured with PCC Alan Charles Dept PCC Hardyal Dhindsa) 02/07/13 Pics of new swad inspector - Swad police stationSwadlincote Police station - New Inspector Nigel Lidsey (also pictured with PCC Alan Charles Dept PCC Hardyal Dhindsa)

NEW statistics have shone a light on the different levels of crime in areas across Burton and South Derbyshire.

The figures, taken from December last year, show how many crimes were reported in certain areas and then breaks this figure down further to what the crimes actually were.

A total of 135 crimes were reported in the Swadlincote, Woodville and Gresley areas and 41 in the Linton, Overseal and Lullington area.

The same data also showed that 160 crimes were reported during the festive season in Burton town centre.

The main issues in Swadlincote and the surrounding areas were with antisocial behaviour and criminal damage whereas areas such as Linton were worse hit by burglaries.

The stats show that work by officers from Derbyshire Police was making a difference as crime reports were at a six month low in December, dropping from 230 to 135.

Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for area for Derbyshire Police, said: “Criminals need to know what they are doing will not be tolerated.”

Vehicle crime fell a massive 78 per cent with antisocial behaviour dropping by 11 per cent.

Shoplifting levels plummeted after operations targeted to put an end to sharp rise proved to be a success and a bid to tackle road safety saw more than 150 vehicles stopped.

Insp Lidsey added said: “We are pleased that our work has seen figures fall quite dramatically.

“However, we will not let our foot off the gas and will continue to push hard to make sure that these figures stay low.”

Antisocial behaviour came out as the main issue in the Repton area along with vehicle crime with a total of 53 incidents reported.

This comes at a time when police revealed that, despite the matter still being an issue, officers in the area had started to see a drop in the issue due to targeting of the area by the force.

Shoplifting, criminal damage and antisocial behaviour top the charts in Burton town centre.

It had also seen a rise in violent assaults and public order offences when compared to crime statistics taken from November.

More information on crime in the area is available by heading online to www.police.uk and typing in a specific postcode.

Anyone who would like to report a crime is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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