New figures reveal crime down in town

Insp Steve Evans
Insp Steve Evans
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Crime figures are down in Leyland, new figures have shown.

Information released by police show how for the month of August, all crime has been reduced by 43 incidents.

Serious crime including burglary and robbery is also down, with no robberies recorded in Leyland or Bamber Bridge during the month.

Insp Steve Evans, of Leyland Police, welcomed the figures and praised the efforts of frontline staff for keeping crime down.

He said: “These results are absolutely first class. It is a testament to all the hard work put in by response officers, neighbourhood policing officers, CID and partners to achieve this success.”

Figures show that in August last year, 556 crimes were recorded in the month. This year, there were 513.

There were 85 serious crimes last year, and this year just 49, which equates to a reduction of 42 per cent.

Insp Evans said: “These figures also represent a reduction in victims in South Ribble, which is phenomenally important.

“If you take a crime such as robbery, this is an extremely distressing thing to be involved in. To have no robbery victims in August is really good, and we celebrate that.”

Violence with injury is down from 63 incidents last year to 40 this year, and hate crime is down from eight incidents to one.

All vehicle crime is down from 47 cases last year to 35 this year, and burglary of homes in also down from 29 incidents to 14.

Insp Evans said: “August is a busy month with people out and about on the streets. You get fine weather and barbecues and there is a great chance of anti-social behaviour. We also have children off schools.

“People should be very pleased with these figures.”

Insp Evans also said he was particularly pleased with the outcomes in the light of officers from Leyland being deployed to London for the riots.

He said: “Against the backdrop of sending officers to London and the transition we have been going through, we have had some fantastic achievements.

“It is a result of hard work from the people on the frontline delivering these services.”

But Insp Evans said they could not sit back and dwell on the figures.

He said: “While we are delighted to see these figures, our work continues. We roll up our sleeves and we start again to keep crime down for the next month.

“We don’t rest on our laurels, we have to keep going.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to continue to reduce crime in South Ribble.”