As crime in Haverhill fall for a third straight year, Inspector Danny Cooper says police will continue their hard work to maintain law
Haverhill's police chief says officers will continue to 'work hard' to keep crime down after figures showed that the overall crime levels have reduced in the town for the third straight year.
The stats for Haverhill the town (not the whole SNT area) show that the total number of crimes recorded in the whole of 2018 were 2652, a drop of 120 from the previous year, and a decrease of 471 since the end of 2015.
The number of offences recorded have dropped in eight of the 13 separate categories of crime, but increased in the other five.
Inspector Danny Cooper, the locality inspector for Haverhill and Sudbury, said: “I am pleased that, overall, the level of crime is heading in the right direction for Haverhill.
"However, I am also well aware that the overall reduction is small and that this will be of little comfort to anyone that has been the victim of crime.
"For this reason, we are certainly not complacent and will keep working hard to reduce it further.
"If we identify a particular series of offences or a problem location, we look to put a plan in action and work with partners to tackle it.
"An example of this was the recent work around crime in multi occupancy homes which is being addressed through the One Haverhill Partnership."
Public order offences have risen for the third consecutive year, from 204 in 2017 to 241 last year, while violence and sexual offences has gone from 891 in 2017 to 954 in 2018, although that figure is skewed by the reporting of many historic sexual offences dating back a number of years.
Burglary is also up slightly year on year, from 142 to 155, but criminal damage and arson dropped from 339 in 2017 to 300, while anti-social behaviour is down by an 139 after falling from 502 to 363one year later.
Bicycle theft (22 to 13), drugs (65/44), other crime (69/54), theft from the person (22/19) and vehicle crime (153/110) have all reduced, but shoplifting (163/153) and possession of weapons (18/29) have gone up.