Crime down and detection up

POLICE in Felixstowe are delighted today after cutting crime at the resort - and increasing the detection rate of offences committed.In the past year officers in the town have beaten targets set by force bosses and thanks to a series of initiatives and high-profile policing have increased safety of residents.

POLICE in Felixstowe are delighted today after cutting crime at the resort - and increasing the detection rate of offences committed.

In the past year officers in the town have beaten targets set by force bosses and thanks to a series of initiatives and high-profile policing have increased safety of residents.

Insp Neal Atwell, commander of the resort's police, said he was very pleased with the progress over the past 12 months but officers could not afford to be complacent.

“Everyone has worked very hard and as a team to tackle crime in the Felixstowe sector and we are delighted to have achieved our targets and seen a reduction in the amount of crime,” he said.


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“But we cannot be complacent and we must keep working just as hard because now we have new targets for the next year and need to see even better results.

“There have been lots of good initiatives and some excellent work, but policing today is a partnership and we work with a number of agencies and organisations - and the public - every day and they have all been part of this work.”

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Crime in total was down 3.1 per cent over the past year in the Felixstowe area. Last year there were 2,803 crimes of all descriptions and the target for 2005-2006 was 2,772 - with 2,716 actually being recorded.

The detection rate rose from 25.8pc to 30.5pc.

Criminal damage was down 2.5pc. and violent crimes fell slightly from 180 to 179 with an increase detection rate, up from 50pc to 53.1pc.

Insp Atwell said the work of the community policing team under Sgt Mick Richardson - who has just moved to take over the policing of the Kesgrave area - had been exceptional, while the community support officers had been the eyes and ears of the regular officers, bringing in vital intelligence and working to build relationships with the community.

He also praised the contribution of the social care officers, schools liaison and Suffolk Coastal anti-social behaviour officers.

Working with the council and others to prepare ASBOs for certain troublesome youngsters had proved enormously successful in curbing anti-social behaviour, as had the continuing work on the Nightsafe scheme, working with pubs and clubs to reduce alcohol-related incidents, particularly on the seafront.

What do you think of the work of the police in Felixstowe? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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