Dramatic drop in number of crimes, police have revealed

HUCKNALL has helped to pave the way for a dramatic drop in crime across Nottinghamshire.

The county experienced its lowest monthly crime figures for at least a decade in September, confirming the biggest fall for 37 years.

The force’s audited figures show that last month there were 5,396 recorded crimes — nearly 1,000 fewer offences compared with September 2011.

Almost 1,000 fewer offences, compared with September 2011.

Domestic burglary fell by 18% to 330 offences and sexual offences were down by 22.3% from 94 crimes in September last year to 73 in the same month this year.

Robbery fell 35.7% from 70 to 45 offences and vehicle crime dropped 22.30% from 642 to 499.

Hucknall police commander Insp Nick Butler said: “In the last few weeks we have had a slight increase in vehicle crime and burglary offences.

“But for the year so far we are 24% down on our crime rate compared to last year, which was itself a record low.”

He pointed out that the police’s Operation Divot was making an impact in the community. This entails signs being displayed in Hucknall and other parts of Ashfield, stating “We don’t accept burglars or thieves.”

“We also have additional officers on night-time patrols,” said Insp Butler. “Last week we caught three men red-handed stealing from vehicles on Ruffs Estate. Then, last night, we arrested two more offenders for vehicle offences at Annesley.

“Last week we also arrested people who have committed allotment and shed burglaries during the last week.

“A year ago we were having a problem with shoplifters in Hucknall town centre. But after an effective plan in co-operation with local businesses, we have reduced the number of such thefts by 38%.”

Police hold quarterly meetings with safer neighbourhood committees to find out what they felt the prorities should be to tackle problems.

“These prove useful to us and so do the beat surgeries we hold regularly,” said Insp Butler.

He stressed that sudden ‘spikes’ of crime, such as 12 vehicles being broken into in one night on Ruffs Estate, could never be ruled out.

But he added: “As soon as we realise we have a problem, we put officers in the right areas at the right time and adopt different tactics. This enables us to catch key offenders.”

Insp Butler said Hucknall’s detection rate was one of the best in the country at 37%, with the rate for cracking down on vehicle crime having ‘gone through the roof’.

Coun Mick Murphy, a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council, said the plummeting crime figures were ‘very encouraging’, with police targets being achieved in spite of budget cuts.

Anti-social behaviour across the county was down 39.4% with 3,498 reported incidents against 5,113 the previous September.

That was in spite of the fact that calls to the force’s control room, increasing from 48,192 in September last year to 49,340 in September this year.

This follows an impressive set of figures for August when there were 5,616 offences, down 18.1 per cent on August 2011.

This equates to a 1,246 fewer victims of crime than 12 months ago.

Vehicle crime reduced by 24 per cent 493 offences compared to August last year, domestic burglary fell by six per cent to 341 and rob bery was 22 per cent down to 66.

The figures were released on the day the Office for National Statistics has confirmed that the crime rate in Notts is now below the national average. FOR THE 43 TOP IN ENGLAND AND WALES IS 70 CRIMES PER 1,000.

There were 46 recorded crimes per 1,000 people in the county in the three months from April to June. The national average for the

The figures also show crime in Notts fell by ten per cent in the year up to 30 in June to a total of 73,946 recorded offences.