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Crime figures in Sussex falling

Crime has fallen in Sussex by 12% in three years, and the percentage of crimes solved by the county’s police force has risen from 25.4% last year to 27.4% for the same period this year.

Most notably house burglaries have reduced by 333 in Sussex over the past 12 months to October from 3641 to 3308, a reduction of 9.1%, with a solved rate at 17.3%.

A recent three week burglary crackdown around Bonfire Night – which historically sees a surge in burglary – led to a 16% reduction in crime.

The good work of Sussex Police in preventing crime and reducing offending was highlighted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in its interim assessment which reviewed how well the Force tackles crime, delivers value for money and whether it acts with integrity and provides a service the public expects.

The HMIC acknowledged that the force is:

  • good at preventing offending and reducing crime
  • good at tackling anti-social behaviour
  • good at the efficiency with which it carries out its responsibilities
  • acting to achieve fairness and legitimacy in its practises.
  • confident in reporting internal wrongdoing where it is suspected and it deals with it robustly
  • committed to assessing the risk of victims of domestic abuse effectively and taking positive action

Zoë Billingham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Sussex Police:

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said:

I am delighted that much of our service is recognised as ‘good’.

However it also identified areas where there is a need for

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney

improvement – the way the force investigates volume crime, capacity to manage demand and a need for more prompt contact with victims.

We take this seriously and have completed an internal review and I’m satisfied that work is underway to effectively address these.

The HMIC recognised that burglary investigation standards are good and we aim to bring all our crime investigations to an excellent standard.

This means we need to make decisions on which services to prioritise, and to whom they will be delivered, based on the level of threat, risk and harm. We will continue to prioritise crimes that cause the greatest harm to victims and the community.

With thanks to East Grinstead Online.

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