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Violent crime in Woodbridge down

PUBLISHED: 09:14 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

A MAJOR reduction in the number of violent crimes has been achieved by police officers patrolling an area of 48,000 people in 20,000 households.

The latest figures, revealed at a meeting of the Woodbridge Police Sector, show that from April to September there were 118 incidents compared with 146 in a similar period last year for Woodbridge, Kesgrave and 48 parishes.

A MAJOR reduction in the number of violent crimes has been achieved by police officers patrolling an area of 48,000 people in 20,000 households.

The latest figures, revealed at a meeting of the Woodbridge Police Sector, show that from April to September there were 118 incidents compared with 146 in a similar period last year for Woodbridge, Kesgrave and 48 parishes.

In the majority of incidents the attacker was known to the victim and sometimes the offence occurred after drinking alcohol. Sector commander Trevor Brundle stressed that most of the offences were not serious.

The Woodbridge Sector will receive more officers as part of a county-wide increase in staff, and the area remains one of the safest in the country. But the audience at Woodbridge School said their top priority was to see more bobbies on the beat and also to have a greater police presence at pub closing times.

Suffolk Police believes that one of the best crime deterrents is the introduction of closed circuit television(CCTV) and Insp Brundle highlighted this issue which has become a major topic in Woodbridge where hundreds of shopkeepers and residents have signed petitions calling for the security cameras.

He said: ''Woodbridge town council had an open meeting to discuss the possibility of the use of CCTV in Woodbridge. I think everybody at the meeting generally agreed that CCTV was good as a deterrent, but such systems cost money and at the moment money is not available for Woodbridge.''

At Wednesday night's meeting he said a three-pronged action plan had been drawn up to combat the growing theft of valuables from cars parked in beauty spots. A 50% increase in vehicle crime has been recorded but Special Constables are patrolling rural areas, officers in Woodbridge are analysing crime patterns, and there has been an operation throughout the east coast.

A slight rise in burglaries has been recorded, and there is a problem with bogus callers who particularly target the houses of elderly people.

''This is a very difficult burglary to detect as we get very little detail back. It is a particularly despicable crime, not just in Woodbridge, but right across all sectors of the county on a regular basis,'' said Insp Brundle.

''We live and work in an area where rates are relatively low. But do not be complacent. We need to work at it to maintain the current situation and it would be even better if we could improve.''

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