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Capel's crime rate rise

PUBLISHED: 14:39 17 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

CRIME rates in Capel St Mary have risen sharply over the past year.

Last month it was revealed that 150 crimes had been reported in 12 months, compared to 124 crimes in the previous year.

CRIME rates in Capel St Mary have risen sharply over the past year.

Last month it was revealed that 150 crimes had been reported in 12 months, compared to 124 crimes in the previous year.

Nearly one third of these were incidents of criminal damage and 25 were shed and garage break-ins.

Although this 20 per cent increase was alarming, it was however attributed to a better willingness of people to report incidents to police.

Sergeant Mark Lusher said: "People are more encouraged to report crimes now and that is obviously having an affect on figures.

"We have been pushing the message through the parish council that it is important to report all crimes even if you believe there is little that can be done because we can't respond to trends of crime if we don't know what the criminal trends are.

"Historically, Capel has been bad at this and we are delighted the message seems to be getting through."

The increase in people reporting crimes followed an appeal by parish liaison officer Pc Steve Bright who earlier this year called on villagers to help police stem the tide of vandalism and harassment blighting the area.

He highlighted the fact that investigations were being hampered by a refusal of potential witnesses to get involved.

Pc Bright said: "We need help in these things. It's not good enough just to accept it happens.

"We can't solve these things unless people help. People moan among themselves and nobody tells us. I just pick up on the moans if I'm in the village."


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