Decrease in crime figures again for Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:32 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:15 17 June 2010

THE LOWEST crime figures for Sidmouth in December for four years reflect a decrease in crime and not a decrease in the number of crimes being reported to police. PC Steve Lemon told Sidmouth Town Council on Monday: There is a decrease in crime through

THE LOWEST crime figures for Sidmouth in December for four years reflect a decrease in crime and not a decrease in the number of crimes being reported to police.

PC Steve Lemon told Sidmouth Town Council on Monday: "There is a decrease in crime throughout Devon and Cornwall. Year on year crime reported is down, by about 30 percent on December 2007.

"There are issues, highlighted here (Woolcombe House) on several occasions, about the (police) phone service which were reported to Superintendent Phil Kennedy, but I cannot comment on call handling issues."

He was answering a question by Councillor John Dyson who asked: "Do you think these figures reflects a reasonable and fair decrease of crime in Sidmouth or a decrease of people reporting crime or people who have tried to report crime and not got through?"

PC Lemon said the December 2008 figures showed 33 crimes reported compared with 100 in the same month in 2005.

Last month there were four house burglaries and one non-dwelling burglary during December, together with seven offences of violence, five thefts and six offences of theft from or damage to cars and bicycles.

There were also six offences of criminal damage and nine incidents of domestic abuse.

He said the increase in domestic abuse incidents was related to Christmas "when everyone is locked in a house with food and drink. It happens.


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