Sussex Police claim hard work and commitment by officers in Wealden has resulted in a nine per cent drop in crime during the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2017.
Although the number of reported crimes for the rolling year between May 2017 to April 2018 increased by 12.4%, when compared with the same period in 2016/17, there are encouraging signs in the first four months of
this year compared with last year.
From January 2018 to April 2018, there were 1,899 reported crimes compared with 2,080 for the same period in 2017 an 8.7% decrease.
Burglaries were 19% down (49 less offences compared to the same four month period), vehicle crime 21% down (minus 39 offences), violent crime 3% down (minus 27 offences) and anti-social behaviour down 15% (minus 99 reports). [The figure for ASB has previously been reported as a 28% reduction by other news outlets due to a calculation error by the Sussex Police.]
Earlier this year police launched an initiative to quell persistent anti-social behaviour in and around Uckfield. Inspector Jon Gross, leading the Wealden prevention team, said:
It’s a welcome trend and one which we are committed to seeing continue.
Particularly pleasing is a drop in reports of anti-social behaviour. Some recent issues in Uckfield, though relatively low-level in nature, were impacting badly on some parts of the community.
The number of incidents reported to us is greatly reduced from the height of problems in January and February.
I’m very grateful for the efforts of my team and colleagues from other departments who have worked hard to address these issues in partnership with other agencies and key stakeholders within the town.
Sussex Police have said this initiative demonstrates their local policing model in action. In February Sussex Police launched a recruitment drive to appoint an additional 200 officers. In 2017/18 Sussex Police’s element of the Council Tax went gone-up by 7.8% (or £12 for an average Band D household). For more information about their local policing model and to read about their Transformation Plan please visit their website: www.sussex.police.uk.
Insp Gross added:
Policing such a large district is a considerable challenge, so it is always rewarding to see the team’s efforts contributing to a reduction in crime.
However, we’re by no means complacent and will be continuing our efforts to keep people safe and feeling safe.