Crime in Beer and Branscombe at seven year low

PUBLISHED: 17:51 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:45 14 April 2010

CRIME in Beer and Branscombe last year was at its lowest level since 2001. In his yearly report, PC Speariett, neighbourhood beat manager, said that reported crime has more than halfed in Branscombe and has significantly reduced in Beer. There were only 1

CRIME in Beer and Branscombe last year was at its lowest level since 2001.

In his yearly report, PC Speariett, neighbourhood beat manager, said that reported crime has more than halfed in Branscombe and has significantly reduced in Beer.

There were only 16 reported crimes in Branscombe in 2008 compared with 37 in 2007 and 35 crimes in Beer last year, down from 49 in 2007.

PC Speariett said: "It is so encouraging that crime levels have been reduced both in Beer and Branscombe. By working in partnership with the local community and other partner agencies it has helped to reduce crime and the fear of crime."

February, August and November saw no reported crime in Branscombe as did February, September and December in Beer.

The most common offence was theft, of which four incidents were reported in Branscombe and 11 in Beer.

Criminal damage was the second highest with three reports in Branscombe and nine in Beer.

May was the busiest month in Branscombe with five crimes and April saw nine reports in Beer.

A blue Land Rover Defender, registration number J208, stolen in Branscombe in May has still not been recovered.

Anyone who has information is urged to contact Seaton Police on 08452 777444 quoting crime reference number KN/08/286.

PC Speariett said his priority for Branscombe in 2009 was to concentrate on preventing rural crimes after the figures for this type of crime had increased in the last year.

He added: "With the help of PCSOs we will be targeting vulnerable properties by marking them and offering crime prevention advice. We will also be concentrating our efforts on supporting Neighbourhood Watch."

And in Beer, PC Speariett said the police will target underage drinkers and continue high visibility patrols.

He added: "We will work in partnership with the community and other partner agencies to ensure Beer remains a safe and secure community to live in."

There has been no recorded crime in Branscombe this year so far, however, three crimes have already been reported in Beer.


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