Falsgrave crime figures down

CRIME figures in Falsgrave and Stepney ward have dropped considerably since last year, it has been confirmed.

The information, which was presented by Sgt Lucy McNeill during a Community and Police group meeting at St Augustine’s School, show that from 2010/11 to 2011/12 there was an overall reduction of 15 crimes reported.

And from October 1 2011 to January 18 2012, compared to the same period last year, 33 fewer crimes were reported in the ward.

During this time frame, burglaries went down from 16 to five, criminal damage incidents fell from 20 to 11 and theft and handling offences went down from 37 to 29.

However, there was a slight increase in drugs offences from two to three. Fraud and forgery offences also increased slightly, from two to four.

During the same period, comparing this year and last, anti-social behaviour figures had dropped by 25, with 78 reported incidents in 2010-2011 and 53 from 2011-2012.

Sgt McNeill said: “Most crimes had a reduction, which we’re always very pleased to see.

“In Scarborough, for the last eight years, the crime figures have reduced year on year.

“We’re being more proactive and trying to stop crimes before they take place.”

She added that although anti-social behaviour figures were down, it would “always be an issue, whatever we do”.

Sgt McNeill continued: “Incidents of anti-social behaviour are varied.

“It can be groups of youths gathering in Falsgrave Park, a noisy party or fly tipping.

“It’s anything that causes public annoyance.”

Residents at the meeting were reminded about the new non-emergency 101 number to contact North Yorkshire Police.

In December, 101 was brought in to replace the old 0845 6060247 number.

People calling the number will be given the following options: report a crime or incident or provide information; speak to a named person or member of a department (this option has a voicemail facility if required); to speak with custody.

Residents are reminded that 101 is for non-emergency calls only and that in an emergency they should always ring 999.

Police Perspective – see page 20