Latest Eastleigh crime figures are showing a marked decrease, almost double the national average published by the Home Office earlier this week.
While an 8% drop in crime was recorded nationally current statistics for the Eastleigh District show a 15% decrease and a detection rate of nearly 30%.
The tables below shows Eastleigh district outperformed Hampshire Constabulary’s total average in almost every category of offence.
|Crime Statistics for Eastleigh District|
|Crimes||Previous Year||Current Year||Local Change||Constabulary Change|
|Total Reported Crimes||7740||6556||Down by 15.3%||Down by 9.7%|
|Public Disorder and Assaults||1772||1654||Down by 6.7%||Down by 0%|
|Criminal Damage||1693||1216||Down by 28.2%||Down by 17.6%|
|Vehicle crime||808||597||Down by 26%||Down by 19.1%|
|House Burglary||219||239||Up by 9.1%||Down by 10%|
|Crime Detection Details|
|Total Reported Crimes||29.74%||27.24%|
|Public Disorder and Assaults||43.29%||38.93%|
Nationally, increases were recorded in sexual offences, up 5%; personal theft up 7% with a similar rise in bicycle thefts.
Although overall crime is down,this week officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) said they were disappointed with the number of people who continue to drink and drive.
Figures for the Christmas period show that 4,747 breath tests were carried out by the RPU. A total of 309 people were arrested for being over the alcohol limit or refusing or failing to provide a sample.
RPU Acting Inspector John Dainton, who co-ordinated this year’s campaign said:
“We are disappointed that 309 people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight failed to heed our messages that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not safe”.
There is Crime, recorded crime and statistics.
Although the reported fall in offences is great news and contrary to the expectation that hard times leads to an increase in offending, Eastleigh residents can be forgiven if they raise an eyebrow or two.
In the last month we have had reports that a £40,000 speed camera was somehow blown to bits, an armed robbery was carried out on a filling station, there were two incidents of indecency, six van break-ins and a local man has been charged with a string of 20 burglaries .
Worryingly, the Detective leading the hunt for the the murderer of Georgina Edmonds warned that we could be harbouring a sadistic killer in our midst.
A 15% drop in offences is indeed good news, but it seems there is always a criminal element determined to make peoples lives a misery and improved crime statistics are no comfort to you if your home has been burgled or your work tools stolen