Crime rates in East Lindsey slashed by 17.4 per cent
CRIME rates across East Lindsey have been slashed by almost a fifth, figures for the last six months show.
Police say they have relentlessly targeted prolific criminals over the last year, resulting in 791 fewer recorded crimes between April to September 2012 than the same period in 2011 - a reduction of 17.4 per cent.
The tough line means the district comes out top in Lincolnshire for driving down levels of crime.
Some of the highest reductions seen were in burglary offences, both residential and commercial.
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East Lindsey Chief Inspector, Daryl Pearce, told the Target: "These results are particularly encouraging at a time when all agencies are seeing reductions in budgets and demonstrates what can still be achieved when resources are effectively deployed towards community priorities.
"With regard to burglary of dwellings, we have seen a reduction of 87 offences which is a reduction of 36 per cent compared to last year.
"Although every burglary is one too many, a large proportion of burglaries are committed by a small minority of criminals and we have relentlessly targeted and imprisoned those individuals.
"For burglary other than dwelling, we have 179 crimes less recorded which equates to a reduction of 35.8 per cent compared to last year. This category includes caravans.
"We have seen a reduction in these offences this year and had a particularly good result at the start of the season when we captured a team of caravan burglars who were responsible for over 40 offences."
Small increases in crime numbers were recorded for both violence with injury offences and drug offences, although Lincolnshire Police say this isn't something residents should be concerned by.
Ch Insp Pearce, said: "We have experienced an increase in drug possession and drug supply.
"This is as a result of proactive intelligence-led police work and is a good thing as we know dependency on drugs leads to the commission of acquisitive crime.
"Violence with injury has seen a slight increase of 18 offences compared to last year. We are doing some analysis to understand the nature of the assaults which can be categorised around those involved with the night time economy and those that happen around the domestic dwelling.
"Very, very few of those assaults involve an assault by a stranger and the analysis will help us to make sure that we are focusing our attention on the right types of violence."
Anyone aware of criminal activity should contact their local policing team, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111.