Early figures show that crime in Haverhill is continuing to fall, although drug crime and burglaries are on the up.
Police measure crime from April 1 to present and compare it to a three year average for the same period, and although only a month into the new ‘crime year’ total recorded crime has already fallen from 143 to 128.
Acquisitive crime (theft, burglary, robbery, etc) has almost halved from 68 to 38, while vehicle crime had plummeted from 20 to four, revealed Haverhill Police chief Inspector Peter Ferrie at Tuesday’s (April 29) Haverhill Town Council meeting at the arts centre.
Anti social behaviour has also almost halved, dropping from 11 to 66.
Domestic burglary, however, has almost doubled from four to seven following a recent spike.
Drug crime has trebled from three to nine, with police focusing on it as a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) priority of dealing with drug taking in public places, particularly the Recreation Ground and Castle Walk.
There have been 45 patrols relating to the SNT priority since it was adopted following March’s meeting, with two people dealt with for possession of cannabis and one for possession with intent to supply.
After Cllr Pat Hanlon raised the issue of drug taking at the Airplane Park, two more people there have been dealt with for possession of cannabis.
Cllr Hanlon said other people ought to inform police of similar problems.
“I urge people who see anything to take a photo and let Insp Ferrie, myself or other councillors know as it’s not only terrible for people taking it but also for people who use these parks and see the emptied canisters and needles lying around.
“We need to cut this problem down as much as possible.”
Five warrants have been executed to search homes for drugs, with class A drugs including heroin and cocaine discovered.
Insp Ferrie said the reason drug crime has risen in Haverhill is largely due to pro-active policing.
Police have had meetings with school to help tackle ti priority of parking issues.
More than 20 warnings have been issued to drivers as part of this priority.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 8) Echo.