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Town's crime levels plunge in clampdown

Thursday, 3rd May 2001.

CRIME levels in Haverhill have dropped by 11.5 per cent against last year.
Since last April, the number of reported crimes committed in the town and surrounding rural areas has fallen to 2,178 from 2,459 for the previous year.
Haverhill is the only police sector in West Suffolk to have seen a reduction in crime levels.
Crimes such as theft from motor vehicles, burglary and ciminal damage have seen the biggest drop.
In 1999/2000, there were 222 incidents of thefts from vehicles. Last year, there were 149.
The number of burglaries from buildings such as factories, sheds and gardens has halved from 281 in 1999/2000 to 140 last year.
Inspector Mick Bacon, sector commander for Haverhill, said: "This year has been a fantastic year regarding the fall in crime. We have the best figures in West Suffolk.
"My officers, both regulars and members of the Special Constabulary, have worked extremely well to deliver these results. We have targeted active offenders with success and will continue to do so.
"We hope the figures will reassure people that the Haverhill sector remains a safe place in which to live and work."
The detection rate the number of offenders who either admit the offence or who are charged and sent to court has gone up by 2.5 per cent since last year to 37.6 per cent.
Detectives have also managed to trace 40.8 per cent of all house burglary offenders.
Insp Bacon also said that results from a recent Mori poll, conducted as part of a Suffolk-wide crime survey, revealed that 87 per cent of people in the Haverhill area who were recently victims of crime reported the offence.
He said: "The underlying message here is that crime reporting is good and this indicates that the figures we have are a true reflection of crimes committed in the area.
"The performance has been achieved with the help of our many and varied partners, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Neighbourhood Watch and the Crime Prevention Panel.
"However, we need information about offenders from our most important partner: the public."

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