Crime figures drop in borough

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A LARGE drop in crime across Fylde has been welcomed.

Crime in the borough dropped by 10 per cent in the last six months and Bernard Whittle, Fylde community safety partnership (CSP) chairman and Insp Keith Ogle, Fylde police, said it is a positive sign for the area.

Mr Whittle said: “The fight against crime is never entirely won and the police are never complacent.

“I have written to the police on behalf of the public to thank and congratulate them for such a strong performance. They have driven down crime from one year to the next, which is even more remarkable when you consider that last year’s figures had also dropped.

“These results are only achieved with a strong sense of teamwork and with all the officers having an intimate knowledge of their patch, combined with strong leadership from senior officers.

“The police have pulled together the work of partners such as the fire service, the youth service and even the NHS into tackling crime and tackling the roots of such crime.”

Latest statistics presented to the CSP show that Fylde’s reduction is the second largest in Lancashire, after Ribble Valley, with the total number of crimes falling to 1,948 from 2,156 in the same period last year.

Major improvements have seen criminal damage and arson figures drop by 20 per cent, from 399 cases to 319, and a 14 per cent drop in vehicle crime, domestic burglary and robbery, from 247 cases to 212.

There has also been a 21 per cent drop in drug offences from 111 crimes to 90.

Insp Keith Ogle, Fylde police said: “The results are fantastic. The important thing is it’s a fall in crime across all areas and all classes across the borough, as a result of hard work from partner organisations and this includes Fylde Council, the NHS and Lancashire Fire and Rescue.

“We can really build on these results if people in Fylde continue to lock their cars, make sure they set alarms and generally be responsible for their belongings.”

The work of police and partners continues as Christmas approaches with extra officers on duty in the festive heavy-drinking season.

Plain-clothes officers will help tackle shoplifting and officers will help with the posting of Christmas cards containing crime-prevention advice to residents.