Recent statistics released by Hampshire Constabulary show that recorded crime in Eastleigh Borough has fallen by 15 percent. This equates to 1390 fewer victims of crime.
The statistics relate to recorded crime during the operational period April 2009 to March 2010, compared to the previous operational year.
The break down of these results show that criminal damage incidents have reduced by 28%, with 567 fewer victims, and violent crime has also fallen with 90 fewer victims. Non-dwelling burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles have also reduced, with 283 and 135 less reports of each crime type respectively.
More good news came with the results from Hampshire Police’s most recent confidence survey, which found that 84% of residents surveyed said that they have confidence in the police in the Eastleigh district.
Those surveyed felt the biggest problem for the Eastleigh and Hedge End areas is speeding (43%), followed by teenagers hanging around on streets (33%). 68% agreed that the police in the area are dealing with the things that matter most to people locally and 65% said they feel they do have the opportunity to make the Safer Neighbourhoods team aware of any policing issues that cause them concern.
Eastleigh Chief Inspector Diana Boyles said:
“I am really pleased about the reduction in crime and disorder over the last year and this represents the continued hard work from my staff, the partner agencies with whom we work closely and the community members who assist us in our day to day work. We are not complacent and know that there is still a lot of work to be done, but we actively need the continued support of the public. Much of our crime is opportunistic and we need the public to make it as difficult as possible for would be criminals to commit crime by ensuring that they safeguard their property and keep themselves safe.”
“I am excited about the next year with the challenge of ensuring that crime and disorder remains low and that the community continue to have confidence that we are dealing with the things that cause them the most concern. To any resident of Eastleigh District, please do take the time to speak to the police and let us know your concerns.”