Sussex reported crime drops by 10 per cent in a year, says statistics office


Sussex Police recorded a 10 per cent reduction in crime over a year.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed the number of crimes recorded by police in 2013 was 84,643 - 10 per cent less than in 2012.

The crimes that saw the greatest falls were theft from the person and robbery.

Theft from the person crimes are non-violent crimes such as pick-pocketing and wallet theft.

Robberies fell by 16 per cent to 606 in 2013.

And thefts against the person went down by 21 per cent to 2,886 -some eight per day - in 2013.

The number of reported sexual offences was the only crime that rose from 2012.

It increased by 14 per cent to 1,697 in 2013.

Crawley Henry Smith MP welcomed the fall in crime.

He said: “I commend local police officers for their dedicated service to Crawley; they can be rightly proud of their success in cutting crime across Sussex by 13 per cent [since 2010].”

Mr Smith added further improvement was needed to convince residents that crime was not an issue in the town.

Crawley featured in a BBC News at Ten broadcast as an example of falling crime rates across the country on Wednesday (April 23).

Sussex Police Inspector Zahid Khan was interviewed for the programme.

He said crimes involving assault in the town centre fell by 7 per cent compared to last year. He added the area saw a reduction in theft and criminal damage as well.

Inspector Khan said: “The heart of Crawley is our town centre and our night time economy.

“We have worked closely with partners, including the local authority and the Crawley and Gatwick Business Watch, to look at new ways of reducing alcohol-fuelled crime such as identifying high volume alcohol sold from licensed premises.”

He said Crawley police increased its visibility in the town centre to make it safer and more attractive to visit. He said: “We have a specific operation on Friday and Saturday evening which involves officers working closely with licensed premises to identify problem hot spots and disruptive individuals.

“This proactive activity has allowed us to intervene at an early stage to resolve problems preventing them from having an impact at the end of the night.”