Crime rate falls by 10 per cent in the town

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Overall crime rates in Eastbourne have fallen by almost 10 per cent – and the council is attributing it to the work of the Eastbourne Community Partnership.

The partnership brings together voluntary and statutory agencies including Eastbourne Borough Council, the police, Fire and Rescue Services and the NHS. A three-year Community Safety Plan setting out what can realistically be achieved in the fight against crime has so far delivered well above target results, said a council spokesperson.

For the year 2011/2012 overall crime fell from 7,631 offences to 6,892, a reduction of 9.7% (target of 3%); violent crime fell from 1,276 offences to 954, a reduction of 25.2% (target of 3%); criminal damage fell from 1,441 offences to 1,076, a reduction of 25.3% (target of 5%); the partnership recorded the third lowest figures compared to 15 most similar groups

At a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, members noted the success of the partnership but acknowledged more work is needed in certain areas, including shoplifting which saw an increase of 17.4 per cent. Members also voted to approve an updated Community Safety Plan.

Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “While we should be proud of the excellent reductions in crime we have delivered, we cannot be complacent and will continue to work hard to ensure our communities are as safe and thriving as possible. We look forward to working with the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne, with whom we expect to have a close relationship.”

The latest crime figures for Eastbourne continue a downward trend that has been recorded for a number of years.