Force strong with our crime fighters

Emma Gardiner (as Robin), Peter Hunn (as Batman), and stormtroopers at a crime-fighting initiative in Boston.
Emma Gardiner (as Robin), Peter Hunn (as Batman), and stormtroopers at a crime-fighting initiative in Boston.

BOSTON is leading the county in the fight to reduce crime, new figures reveal.

The borough council has released statistics showing the number of offences committed on its patch has decreased more than any other Lincolnshire authority in the 12 months up to November.

The figure for the borough fell by 15.38 per cent (from 4,195 to 3,550).

Its nearest rival was South Kesteven, at 12.02 per cent, but all other districts had reductions less than half that of Boston’s and as low as 3.91 per cent in the case of West Lindsey.

Coun Ray Newell, portfolio holder for community safety, said: “These very good figures indicate that Boston Borough Council’s community safety team, including our CCTV operators, together with the police and our other partners, are winning the fight to reduce crime.

“They, and indeed the people of Boston who support all these crime-fighting officers, are to be congratulated.”

Figures comparing November 2009 to 2010 revealed a fall in the number of offences in almost all crime types.

Violent crime was down by more than a quarter, from 102 to 75, and violence against the person by more than a fifth, from 92 to 71.

Other large falls came in terms of domestic burglary, down almost a half from 48 to 25, and criminal damage, down by two-fifths from 121 to 70.

The only categories in which crime rose was in taking a vehicle without consent, three to five, and ‘other offences’, from seven to 16.

The council’s principal community safety officer Peter Hunn spoke of a ‘good and effective 2010’, pointing to a host of crime-cutting initiatives, from an ‘intensive’ campaign targeting anti-social behaviour to others tackling hate crime and theft.

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