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Northamptonshire Police says burglary is a “problem” in the south of the county

Alcohol awareness lauch with Chief Inspector Adrian Lee at Wooton Hall, Northampton. ENGNNL00120130917181104

Alcohol awareness lauch with Chief Inspector Adrian Lee at Wooton Hall, Northampton. ENGNNL00120130917181104

The number of residential burglaries in south of the county has increased by 43 per cent in the past year, latest crime figures have shown.

Statistics released by Northamptonshire Police show there were 219 burglaries in the south Northamptonshire area from April 1 2013 to March 31, 2014, compared to 153 in the previous 12 months.

South Northamptonshire includes Grange Park in Northampton as well as Towcester, Brackley and surrounding villages.

Inspector Andy Hall said the force was “increasing patrols” in the district following the recent spate of burglaries.

He said: “We are continuing to tackle burglaries which have been a problem for us in the last 12 months and are increasing patrols across the district. We are committed to tackling and reducing crime across the area.

“We hope to start working more closely with communities in south Northamptonshire in the next year with the aid of volunteers, providing more information about local issues to people where they live.”

Meanwhile in Northampton the figures show that overall crime fell by 17.1 per cent, with 3,435 less offences taking place in the last 12 months.

There were 16,652 crimes recorded between in the town from between April 1 2013 and March 31,2014, compared to 20,087 in the previous year.

Violence was down 17.3 per cent from 3,541 to 2,927 offences, robbery was down 7.9 per cent from 316 to 291 offences, residential burglary was Down 20.7 per cent, from 1,476 to 1,170 offences,

The biggest reduction was for vehicle crime which was down 35.3 per cent from 2,260 to 1,463 offences.

Sexual offences fell 11.4 per cent, from 229 to 203 offences and criminal damage down 17.1 per cent, from 3,095 to 2,567 offences.

Drug possession was up 12.6 per cent from 595 to 670 offences and drug trafficking was up 23.5 per cent, from 98 to 121 offences.

Northampton Commander Superintendent Mick Stamper said: “The last 12 months has seen us move more officers into response roles, increasing our capacity to respond to emergency calls.

“We have also had a number of weeks of action throughout the year tackling those people we suspect of committing crime in Northampton. We have also conducted a number of complex and successful investigations against organised criminals which has had an impact on the number of crimes committed in the town.”

In total, crime in the south of the county fell by 10.4 per cent, with 292 less offences taking place in the last 12 months.

Crime in Daventry fell by seven per cent, with 264 less offences taking place in the last 12 months.

 

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