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HONITON: Latest figures reveal drop in number of Honiton crimes

Thursday, 04 September 2014

EFFORTS by police to drive down crime in Honiton are paying off and the number of recorded incidents has reduced significantly, according to the force’s latest figures. A recent police report showed that the number of criminal offences plummeted last month to just 32 – down by almost half when compared to the same period a year ago. The statistics included seven shop thefts, six incidents of criminal damage and three home burglaries, but overall crime dropped from more than 50 offences between July and August last year. Earlier this year, Devon and Cornwall Police announced the Honiton station’s enquiry desk would be closed as part of major cost-cutting measures, and some residents have since expressed concern regarding the future shape of the service. Just last month, members of Honiton Senior Voice – the mouthpiece for older people in the town – warned that reducing the number of officers on the street could undermine public confidence in the police. But the force has assured members of the public that even in this period of austerity, they will continue to deliver an effective service for the town. Honiton’s Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Steve Lee told Pulman’s View the downward trend in criminal offences was pleasing, and demonstrated the team’s efforts to keep on top of crime in the area. He said: “I do not think there is any one factor which has created this trend, but that it is due to the hard work of my colleagues – both police officers and PCSOs – who have tried to ensure that, even though we are undoubtedly in a period of austerity, they continue to deliver the very best service to the public and our community. “The public also plays an important part in reducing crime by being vigilant, reporting suspicious activity and ensuring that they keep their property secured. We value their support.” The force has been making particular efforts to target key problem areas, pointed out by members of the public. Just last month officers reported that progress was being made on a long-term plan to clamp down on speeding on some of Honiton’s most dangerous roads. And PC Lee assured residents that the force would continue its “proactive” approach to targeting criminal behaviour. He added: “We have listened to the public and are targeting problem areas which have been highlighted to us. These include anti-social behaviour, as well as speeding and driving offences. “We continue to be proactive in seeking out and disrupting those criminals who are involved in drug activity. “Although obviously pleased that crime does appear to be decreasing, we will not be complacent and will continue to work together with our partner agencies and the public to continue to drive crime down.” l A WOMAN has been arrested after a police raid uncovered a number of cannabis plants hidden in the loft of a Honiton property. A team of five officers, including members of the Neighbourhood Beat Team, police community support officers and Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor, executed a search warrant last Friday morning. Sergeant Jim Humphrey told Pulman’s View that a number of plants had been seized during the raid, which was part of ongoing operations in relation to drug consumption and cultivation. No further details are available as yet, but the woman has been released on bail pending further investigation.


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