Crime has hit a 10-year low

THE number of crimes recorded in East Northamptonshire last week was the lowest figure in a single week for almost 10 years.

In total 46 crimes were tallied compared with a typical week when about 80 are registered.

The last time the figure dipped into the mid-forties was towards the end of 2002.

Sector commander Inspector Vaughan Clarke said: “Most of these consist of lower level crimes such as shoplifting, domestic incidents, breaches of anti-social behaviour orders and criminal damage.”

The East Northamptonshire sector covers an area of about 200 square miles – around a quarter of the county – and includes Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough, Raunds, Thrapston, Oundle, and the surrounding villages up to Easton-on-the-Hill.

Insp Clarke added: “As things stand, serious acquisitive crime, that is burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, is down almost a quarter compared with the same period last year – and last year was the best year on record.

“If you live in East Northamptonshire, you are less likely to be a victim of these crime types than anywhere else in the county. As an example, in a typical week here, just one dwelling in every 12,800 is a victim of burglary.”

Insp Clarke said the reduction was in part down to the number of officers in the area. There are currently 33 constables and sergeants based at Rushden police station compared with just seven a few years ago. He added his team had focused heavily on prolific offenders and as a result most of them are in prison.