Overall crime drops in Hastings compared to 2011

CRIME has dropped significantly in Hastings this year compared to 2011, according to latest police figures.

Between April 1 and Monday (July 23) the total number of recorded crimes stood at 2,081, a decrease of 394 from the same period last year.

This represents a 15.9 per cent reduction.

There were 75 domestic burglaries over the same three-month period this year, compared to 89 in 2011.

And for all violent crimes, which cover such offences like common assault, actual bodily harm (ABH), and grievous bodily harm (GBH), there has been a 12.5 per cent drop this year.

Over the three-month period in 2011 there were 232 such crimes recorded. This year it stands at 203.

Between April 1 and the end of June, there were 90 fewer crimes relating to criminal damage, 76 fewer thefts of vehicles and general theft offences, such as shoplifting and handling stolen goods fell by 52 in total.

The news comes amid the announcement by Sussex Police that recorded crime across East Sussex is at its lowest level in the last five years.

From April 1 to July 4 there were 893 fewer victims of crime compared to the same time last year across the county.

Chief Inspector Heather Keating, Hastings District Commander, said: “Hastings has seen the greatest reduction in crime across all the divisions and we have a very strong solve rate for burglary.

“We are really pleased with the overall reduction and it has been achieved through our Neighbourhood Policing Teams working together with the local communities, being very focused around targeting areas of high crime and understanding the causes of crime.

“We have also put a real focus on targeting prolific offenders.”

Chief Superintendent Robin Smith, East Sussex Divisional Commander, said: “This is a good start to the year but we must keep our eye on the ball. Big events such as Euro 2012, the Olympics, Paralympics and political party conferences present unique policing challenges, but we are determined to keep responding to local needs and driving down crime.”

Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, added: “In a year of unprecedented operational demand, with the Olympics following Euro 2012 events, crime in East Sussex is at its lowest in five years. After raising this at the House of Commons, the Home Secretary joined me in recognising and congratulating local police for their part in this.”