Police joy at reduction in crime figures

NEW WAYS of tackling crime have helped reduce offences, according to Sussex Police.

The force has said that so-called bait garages and effective working relationships with other groups and organisations have contributed to a significant reduction in offences like burglaries, criminal damage and serious assaults in East Sussex, according to the latest performance figures.

From April last year to March 2011, there were 82 fewer domestic burglaries, 301 fewer vehicle crimes, 730 fewer offences of criminal damage, 55 fewer people killed or seriously injured and 85 fewer ABH offences.

East Sussex District Commander Chief Superintendent Robin Smith said, “Although I am really pleased with this year’s figures for East Sussex, I want the community to know an overall reduction in crime is not about meeting targets but about serving the people of East Sussex in the best way we can.”

Three recent initiatives have been very successful in reducing crime figures. They include the Integrated Offender Management Scheme; the Drug Intervention Programme; and Eastbourne CID’s proactive bait garages initiative.

This month saw Eastbourne CID introduce bait garages as a way of helping to reduce crime in hotspot areas.

Chief Supintendent Smith said, “I am pleased to report this initiative, although only in use a matter of weeks, has already resulted in three arrests.

“This is the first time bait garages have been used by the force and apart from confronting criminals with hard evidence they are neither expensive nor labour intensive, the perfect way to deter criminals when savings have to be made. Sussex Police care about the effect that opportunistic thieves have on people’s lives and using bait garages is, I believe, is a real deterrent to opportunistic thieves and reassuring the local community.”