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News Archive > General > Crime on the rise with less PCSOs

Crime on the rise with less PCSOs

By Natasha Swift 3rd May 2017

Crime on the rise with less PCSOs

AS THE number of PCSOs in the area are slashed with further cuts being proposed in the near future, crime is on the rise in Clay Country.

Theft, arson, criminal damage and assaults are just some of the offences which have increased in the St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish in the last 12 months compared to the year before.  

PCSO Ally Relf, who is part of the local policing team for the area, said there had been 202 reported crimes in the parish in 2015/16 compared to 229 for the 12 months in 2016/17.

This is an increase of 8.9 per cent overall in the parish of St Stephen area for 2016/17.

But she said there had been 138 less calls from the residents in the parish compared to 2015/16.

There has also been a drop in sexual offences, possession of indecent images and drug offences over the last 12 months.

Assaults including domestic violence increased from 55 incidents for the 12-month period last year to 75 for 2016/17. Sexual offences dropped from 10 in 2015/16 to four in 2016/17 and burglaries and attempt burglaries fell from nine to five in 2016/17.

There was one reported arson in the 12 months of 2015/16 compared to two this year.
Dog offences also increased by two from five to seven in 2016/17.

Thefts have gone up by four from 27 in 2015/16 to 31 this year and criminal damaged increased by one from 48 in 2015/16 to 49 for the 12 months of 2016/17.

Drug offences have halved from eight in 2015/16 to four for the last 12 months and threats to kill has stayed the same with one.

Fraud has also fallen by two offences being committed in 2016/17 compared to five the 12 months before.

Malicious communications increased from 12 to 16 in 2016/17, public order offences doubled to 12 and harassment went up from five in 2015/16 to 12 over the last year.

Driving offences are up from three incidents to five while drug and disorderly has stayed the same.

There were no reports of possession of a knife in a public place last year but one for the 12 months of 2016/17.

There were five reported crimes for possession of indecent images in 2015/16 but there were none recorded for 2016/17.

PCSO Relf said: “The last year we have seen some changes with PCSO Brian Harris retiring in february of this year and myself taking over a larger patch which includes Trewoon, St Mewan, the St Stephen parish and St Dennis parish.  

“There are now six PCSOs covering the St Austell area as a whole and last year we had at least 10.

“There will be future changes in the neighbourhood policing teams in the structure in the next four years where there will be a reduction of numbers of PCSOs across Devon and Cornwall Police.”

By Natasha Swift 3rd May 2017

Kevin Neil 6th May 2017 10:31
Increases in crime both in St Austell and elsewhere are inevitable thanks to the cuts being imposed by Theresa May´s Conservative government. In recent days they´ve made much of claiming that crime is reducing, however official figures always lag behind what´s really happening on the ground. People in St Austell should therefore be grateful to their remaining PCSO´s for their honesty in sharing their local knowledge. This week Labour announced we will increase police numbers by 10,000 across the country. This is much needed and on June 8th people now have a clear choice. Voting Labour for increased police numbers on our streets, or voting Conservative for increased crime on our streets.
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