Wealden police welcome drop in reported crime

Inspector Jon Gross

Police in Wealden have welcomed a 6.6 per cent reduction in reported crime during 2018 when compared to the previous year.

It represents 427 fewer offences across the district and across all types of crime.

Burglaries fell by 160 and an almost similar reduction emerged concerning vehicle crimes.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) of all types decreased by 300-plus incidents as ongoing counter-measures such as Operation Blitz and Operation Asteroid proved effective.

Some of the most significant successes came in the north of the district.

Between April and December 2018 Crowborough saw 209 fewer crimes and 100 fewer incidents involving ASB compared to the same period in 2017.

In Uckfield, figures for the same period fell by 60 and 40 respectively.

Currently criminal damage and anti-social behaviour in Polegate and Willingdon are focus issues, and a recent series of residential burglaries leading up to Christmas saw jewellery widely targeted.

This month the district has suffered a number of commercial burglaries in rural areas. Arrests have been made and this issue remains a priority focus for East Sussex division.

Wealden district police commander Inspector Jon Gross said: ” The reduction in reported crime is welcome, particularly as some of the biggest gains are in in respect of issues that our communities say concern them the most; burglary, car crime and anti-social behaviour.

“It’s good news, testament to some of the work and results we have had in the last 12 months, but nothing to be complacent about. Our communities not only want to be safe, but feel safe.

“We will be re-doubling our efforts this year to be visible and linked in to our towns and villages. We will work hard to try to seek further crime reductions, and we intend to work ever more closely with other agencies and community groups to do so.

“This news, coupled with the ongoing investment in local policing thanks to the precept increase, means we will have more resources to tackle local issues.”

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