THE number of burglaries in Eastbourne has plummeted by a massive 39 per cent in the five years since the town was named and shamed as the worst in Sussex.
Back in 2006 Eastbourne was left reeling with the news it had more burglaries per head of population than any comparably sized town in the area, including crime hotspots like nearby Hastings and St Leonards.
This week though a national survey revealed that the BN23 postcode has the joint lowest rate of burglaries in the entire country.
Insurance firm moneysupermarket.com looked at the number of claims made from residents up and down the UK between December 2010 and November 2011.
And it found that during that time there were less burglary claims in Eastbourne than almost any other town – with Langney not registering a single such claim per 1,000 enquiries to the firm.
The survey, which is by no means exhaustive, is still being heralded as showing the successful work which has been done locally since the 2006 crime statistics.
Eastbourne Borough Council welcomed the news, saying it illustrated perfectly the strides being made by its community safety scheme and Sussex Police.
According to the local authority a great deal of hard work has been carried out since 2007 to detect burglary and those who handle stolen goods.
And its staff say they have been equally impressed by the way local police have upped their game and made burglary prevention advice far more readily available to residents.
Councillor Margaret Bannister, head of the council’s community safety partnership, was over the moon. She said, “This latest survey confirms once again that our partnership with Sussex Police is making a real difference to people’s quality of life in Eastbourne.
“Eastbourne’s total crime rate has also dropped by a staggering 18 per cent thanks to the tireless efforts of the police, the partnership and local residents.
“However, there is always more work to be done to reduce even further the rate of burglary and other crimes across Eastbourne, and assist those who are the victims of crime.”