Crawley burglary figures on course to rise for fourth year in a row


Sussex Police records showed the number of burglaries in Crawley was predicted to rise for the fourth year in a row.

A Freedom of Information request revealed 718 burglaries were reported in the town - an average of more than two per day - from April 2013 to February 2014.

Police released the monthly breakdown of burglaries reported in Crawley from 2009 to February 2014 on Tuesday (April 1).

If the rate was to continue in March, the total for 2013/14 will have risen by more than 20 per cent from 2009/10 when 650 burglaries were reported in Crawley and mark the fourth consecutive annual rise in burglaries reported in the town since 2009.

Chief Inspector Justina Beeken, district commander for Crawley, said: “Burglaries are a priority for me on the district and I work closely with the intelligence unit, priority crime team and CID to investigate and locate, arrest and prosecute offenders. Burglary has remained relatively static since 2009 with only a small fluctuation in the reports, however we are not complacent and continue to tackle burglaries.”