Car offences fall 22 per cent - and total crime down

PUBLISHED: 12:37 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:37 24 August 2015

Inspector Antonia Weeks

Inspector Antonia Weeks

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'Non-dwelling' burglaries of buildings like out-houses and garden sheds in the Exmouth area have increased by eight per cent in a year.

However, overall reported crime fell three per cent, according to police figures.

‘Vehicle offences’ have plummeted by almost a quarter in 12 months.

Devon and Cornwall Police statistics for the Exmouth area from June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, have now been released.

Total crime fell from 1,970 offences to 1,909 offences - a fall of 3.1 per cent compared to the same period the previous year.

The figures are for Budleigh Salterton and Bicton, Raleigh, Clyst Valley, Woodbury, Lympstone, Exmouth Brixington, Halsdon and Withycombe, Littleham and Exmouth town areas.

Violent crime increased marginally from 499 offences to 507, a rise of 1.6 per cent.

Burglaries of homes went down from 92 offences to 89, a fall of 3.3 per cent.

‘Non-dwelling’ burglaries, which include lock-ups and garages, increased from 75 offences to 81, an increase of eight per cent.

Criminal damage went down from 396 offences to 352, a fall of 11.1 per cent.

‘Rowdy and nuisance behaviour’ reports increased from 778 to 782, a small increase of half-a-per cent.

Vehicle offences decreased from 134 to 104, a fall of 22.4 per cent.

According to the Department of Transport, motoring offences include dangerous, careless or drunken driving, ‘accident’ offences, speeding, vehicle theft and licence, insurance and MOT offences, and jumping red lights.

Inspector Antonia Weeks said: “Crime rates in the Exmouth area have reduced over the past year with a noticeable reduction in acquisitive crime including burglaries.

“Some persistent offenders for theft and burglary have been robustly dealt with by police and are no longer active. “However, as always in the summer months, we would remind people not to make things easy for criminals and to be mindful of securing their properties, especially sheds and outbuildings.

“Exmouth police have been actively targeting antisocial behaviour (ASB) in the town centre and in particular the abuse of ‘legal highs’.

“This particular nuisance and associated crime has decreased through the use of new ASB legislation.

“The majority of ASB reported to the police occurs between neighbours and we would encourage people in such situations to resolve personal disputes through mediation or civil means prior to involving the police.”

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