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Crime plummets in Haverhill, except for thefts from vehicles

Monday, 5th December 2011.

Crime in Haverhill has fallen by an astonishing 14.2 per cent in the past year.

Figures have just been released for crime in the various areas across Suffolk.

While total crime fell by 3.6 per cent across Suffolk generally, in Haverhill the figure of 1,535 reported crimes in the year to November 30 2010 compares with 1,317 for the equivalent period this year.

Some types of crime have fallen far more dramatically in the town, although a few have shown significant increases which Haverhill's new police chief, Insp Peter Ferrie, said would be receiving his attention.

Domestic burglaries fell by 46 per cent from 54 to 29, while drugs offences fell from 56 to 40.

Shoplifting fell; from 152 to 75, a drop of 51 per cent, although Insp Ferrie said there had been signs of a slight up turn in the last week or two which they would be attempting to reverse.

Another area police will be working on is the increase in theft from motor vehicles, 62 per cent from 65 to 105.

But Insp Ferrie was generally very pleased with the figures. "I am really happy with how much lower the figures are than they were last year," he said. "I shall be aiming to keep them down and reduce them even further."

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