Crime falling across borough

St Annes Police Station, July 2011
St Annes Police Station, July 2011

CRIME figures in Fylde dropped significantly between 2012 and 2013.

In official figures from Lancashire Police, released by the community safety partnership at Fylde Council, all crime dropped in the borough by around eight per cent between April 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013, from the same period the previous year.

Violent crime, anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft figures decreased, but the report revealed that domestic abuse and violence increased, 30 per cent of all Fylde crime took place in St Annes town centre and CCTV vans were in need of replacement.

Insp Keith Ogle, Fylde police, said: “In Ashton and Central wards – crime hot spots – there has been a reduction in figures.

“We launched Operation Acuna this year to tackle crime in these areas – there are more shops and pubs in St Annes, more people and we do get more incidents.

“But crime is down right across the borough. All the partners in the community safety partnership are looking for further reductions in crime, with this continuing into next year.”

Recorded incidents of violent crime fell from 626 the previous year to 592; burglaries fell from 326 to 297; and anti-social behaviour dropped from 1,640 to 1,495.

Rapid deployment CCTV – the white vans across the borough with recording equipment – is said to be “in need of urgent replacement” with funding to replace these cameras allocated by Fylde council’s cabinet.

Anti-social behaviour fell, with 12 per cent fewer incidents recorded when compared with the previous year. This is currently the lowest recorded rate in Lancashire.

The drug mephedrone, or bubble, as it is commonly known, has appeared in Fylde, along with incidents of cocaine and cannabis, but the report revealed “this is less of a threat” in the borough.

In terms of road safety, Fylde has one of the lowest casualty numbers in Lancashire, but was first or second across all age groups for both casualties and killed and serious injury casualties, when measured per 1,000 population between 2007 and 2011.

It is felt this is more to do with Fylde being an affluent area, where more young people own a vehicle, within the 16-25 age group affected.