Most crime in Suffolk down but sex, drugs and cycle theft offences up

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CRIME figures in Suffolk have dropped by three per cent in the last six months.

But while the September figures published today show an overall drop, sexual offences are up by nine per cent to 34 offences, theft of pedal cycles has also risen by nine per cent to 88 offences and drugs offences have increased by 13 per cent.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Marshall said: “The increases in these areas are a concern for us, however, with the opening of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre earlier this year, hopefully, victims of sexual assault now feel more comfortable reporting such offences in the knowledge they will receive dedicated help and support.”

While overall recorded crime has decreased from 25,008 crimes to 24,200, there have been 444 fewer incidents of violence against the person, which the police attributed to ‘a pro-active response to policing the nighttime economy in the large towns’.

House burglaries are down five per cent with 49 fewer than the same period in 2010, and there have been 37 fewer distraction burglaries.

Police highlight other areas including robbery down four per cent, vehicle crime down three per cent and criminal damage down eight per cent.

ACC Marshall added: “Burglaries and anti-social behaviour are two areas that local people always raise with us as crime that concerns them, again it is pleasing to see that there has been a decrease in the number of these offences. Positive policing has seen a number of prolific burglars being arrested in the county and our anti-social behaviour teams who work closely with partner agencies are making an impact in relation to repeat and persistent incidents of anti-social behaviour.”