Public praised as crime falls in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:07 18 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:07 18 April 2014

Detective inspector Darrell Skuse.

Detective inspector Darrell Skuse.

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Crime across Lowestoft has fallen by more than 6pc, according to figures released this week.

Official police figures show there were 368 fewer crimes reported in the town during year ending March 31 than in the previous 12 months – with house burglaries well down.

In the area covered by Lowestoft North Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) – including all the wards north of Lake Lothing, Bascule bridge and Oulton Broad, along with Corton, Blundeston, Oulton, Lound and Somerleyton – crime was down by 7.3pc, with 223 fewer offences reported during the year.

In the area covered by Lowestoft South SNT, including Kirkley, Pakefield, Gisleham, Kessingland and Carlton Colville, it fell by 6.1pc – which equates to 145 fewer crimes.

The figures show robberies were down 31pc in south Lowestoft (five fewer incidents) and by 28pc in the north of the town (nine offences), and that house burglaries – a priority for police – were also well down, falling by 40pc in the south (171 fewer offences) and by 24pc (33 offences) in the north.

Det Insp Darrell Skuse, of Waveney CID, said; “Over the past few years, the focus has been on tackling home burglaries in Lowestoft. We know this crime is hugely upsetting for victims and we have been working to deal with the small number of individuals who commit this type of crime.

“Through a combination of patrols, quick responses to incidents by response team officers, the ongoing investigation by detectives, intelligence gathering, forensic processing by crime scene investigators and the scientific team behind them, and reduction work via our safer neighbourhood teams, we have been consistently dealing with those committing crime and bringing them to justice.

“These figures show that our work to target those suspected of burglaries is paying off but we’d also like to thank members of the public who have helped by alerting us to suspicious activity and our partner agencies working alongside us to divert both prolific and new offenders away from crime.”

The figures show that, across Suffolk, crime has fallen by 7pc overall, with 36,441 crimes recorded – down 2,793 on 2013. The percentage of crimes solved has risen to 35.1pc – up from 2.4pc in the previous year.

The figures also show that performance in other areas – such as speed of attendance at emergency incidents and victim satisfaction – have also improved, helping Suffolk Constabulary meet nearly all the performance measures in the police and crime commissioner’s police and crime plan.

Chief constable Douglas Paxton said: “Crime is down and our solved rate is up, reflecting a real team effort by officers and staff across the force.”

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