Reported violent crime is up in Wealden

Reported violent crime in Wealden is up 1.5% for the year between March 2018 and February 2019, compared with the same period a year before, according to the district council.Wealden logo cropped

Cllr Claire Dowling, portfolio holder for public health and community safety, says there were 2,712 reports in the latest year, compared with 2,676.

She said in a report to the council’s overview and scrutiny committee, which met yesterday (Monday, March 18) that this was a “very small rise” when compared with some other areas in East Sussex.

She added: “In addition the rise has lessened in the last six months. Reports of violent crime encompass a large number of crime types.”

Crime figures reported to the overview and scrutiny committee are more up to date that those given to a full meeting of the council last week which covered only the period between April and December 2018.

Cllr Dowling also says reported crime has fallen in the last 12 months (March 2018 to February 2019) by 7% when compared with the same period from 2017 to 2018.

She says total reported crime stands at 5,999.

She adds: “Similarly reports of burglary and anti-social behaviour in Wealden have also fallen during the last 12 months when compared with the previous 12 months, with falls of 26% and 18% respectively.”

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