Wealden police welcome drop in reported crime

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) decreased by over 300 incidents.  The force have attributed this to the effectiveness of ongoing counter-measures such as Operation Blitz (officers deployed on a Friday and Saturday night with dedicated phone number to tackle anti-social behaviour) and Operation Asteroid (tackle different crimes in the Uckfield area including ASB).

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 anti-social behaviour compared to the same period in 2017.

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

Wealden district police commander Inspector Jon Gross said:

Inspector Jon Gross

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.

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.

Looking at crime statistics compiled by the Office for National Statistics for the 12-month period to September 2018 (compared to the same rolling period), not all categories of crime may be going down in the Wealden district.  (Obviously all statistics are influenced by better reporting by victims).  There were also five homicides in Wealden in the 12-months to September 2018 (the term covers the offences of murder, manslaughter and infanticide.)

Type of Offence


Violence without injury


Violence with injury


Public order offences


Vehicle offences


Bicycle theft


Stalking and harassment


Drug offences


Possession of weapons offences



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