Overall crime levels in Haverhill have dropped significantly in almost every category of offence in the past 12 months.
Sgt Gary Miller, from Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) reported what he described as ‘very positive figures’ during the town council meeting last Tuesday (March 25).
The stats cover the period from April 2013 to the third week of March - almost the entire year - and show that compared to the average figures for the previous three years overall crime has dropped to 1,350 from the average of 1,880.
Violence against the person is 326 (352 average); sex offences 27 (31); burglary and robbery 652 (807); criminal damage and arson 311 (494); public order offences 95 (102) and anti-social behaviour 972 (1,442).
Drug offences have risen however, with the total this year standing at 108 compared to an average of 62, but Sgt Miller said this is as a result of the proactive work the police are doing on drug issues.
He said: “Figures are down across all the relevant areas by significant amounts with the only increase showing up for drug offences, but that’s due to our tackling of the issue.”