New battle plan to halt rise in crime

Five burglaries were among the crimes reported and (below)  PC Mike Schouteten.
Five burglaries were among the crimes reported and (below) PC Mike Schouteten.
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POLICE have launched a concerted campaign against crime after it was revealed thefts and violent attacks were on the up.

Officers in St Annes have mounted urgent operations in hot spots after crimes in the town’s Central ward surged by more than 30 per cent during August, compared to the same period last year.

PC Mike Schouteten

PC Mike Schouteten

The total of 58 crimes was also 24 per cent up on the previous month, prompting the force to increase the number of officers on the beat in the area’s most prominent in the statistics, including Wood Street and St Albans Road.

That resulted in an encouraging fall in the crime figures for September, Central community beat manager PC Mike Schouteten reported to the latest meeting of the ward’s PACT (Police and Communities Together) forum.

The total of incidents in the ward last month was 43 per cent down on August and included nine assaults (compared to 16 in August), eight incidents of damage (15), seven thefts (nine), three incidents of shoplifting (six), two burglaries (five) and one drugs-related incident (three).

Of the nine attacks which took place during the month, PC Schouteten pointed out, eight of them were domestic and one took place on other private premises.

He added: “So none of them were in public areas and that shows that St Annes is still very much a safe place for people to walk around.

“The measures we put in place to bring down the figures after the increase in August have worked well so far but the drive to keep bringing down crime will continue.

“So far this year, incidents in Central ward are just under five per cent up on last year but it is the only ward in town showing an increase. We want to bring the figure down so it is in line with the rest of the town.”

Meanwhile, incidents of anti-social behaviour in the Central area were also down, from 46 in August to 39 in September, a reduction of 15 per cent.

Incidents listed as nuisance were down to 23 (30 in August), while personal and environmental incidents were unchanged at 15 and one respectively.

Preventing violent crime continues to be a PACT priority.

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