Crime is falling in Haverhill, but drug crime, shoplifting and domestic burglary are all on the rise.
Haverhill Police’s Inspector Peter Ferrie detailed the latest crime figures to the quarterly public priority-setting meeting of the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), which was held at the arts centre on Monday (March 10).
He revealed the crime statistics from April 1 to present and compared them to the three-year average.
Total crime has plummeted from 1,807 to 1,494, while violence against the person has fallen from 337 to 315 and sex crimes fro 30 to 26.
Acquisitive crime (such as theft) has dropped from 772 to 627, while other burglary (such as outbuildings) fell from 130 to 94 and vehicle crime from 193 to 114.
Criminal damage and arson shot down from 479 to 304 and anti social behaviour from 1,397 to 948.
Domestic burglary rose from 56 to 70, though insp Ferrie said that was largely due to a burglary spree by Alex Hockett, who has subsequently been jailed for four years.
Shoplifting also rose, from 142 to 169, while drug crime rocketed by more than 50 per cent from 60 to 99.
However, Insp Ferrie said this was largely to do with pro-active policing.
“There’s a lot of pro-active work being done by officers such as conducting search warrants, knocking on doors and searching individuals in the street,” he said.
Haverhill Police’s detection rate is 40.2 per cent – well above the national average.
“We are solving four out of every ten crimes,” said Insp Ferrie.
He also revealed that the town has the highest detection rate in Suffolk for sex crimes and domestic burglary.
For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, March 13) Echo.