Louth’s top police officer insists there will be no complacency despite crime in the Louth area dropping by nearly a quarter in the last 12 months.
Insp Terry Ball, the new Wolds chief inspector who is based at Louth Police Station, said there are still ways to work smarter and reduce crime even more through new and improved strategies.
Overall crime fell by nearly a quarter in Louth in the past year, with household burglaries down by 40 per cent.
The new figures from Lincolnshire Police, seen by the Leader, represent the period from April 1, 2012 up to and including March 21, 2013.
For the Wolds area, incorporating Louth Town, Louth Rural, Horncastle, Wragby, Spilsby, Woodhall Spa, Coningsby and Tattershall, overall recorded crime fell by 17 per cent.
In East Lindsey as a whole crime rates were down so far this year by 19.2 per cent, resulting in 1,560 fewer recorded crimes.
Insp Ball (pictured left) said: “Although the crime statistics and levels show reductions in offences across all levels, we cannot become complacent.
“There are still ways in which we can work smarter and reduce crime further and detect those crimes that remain.
“Working in partnership with local business and other partners is just one way we can deter offenders by ensuring they are engaged before they commit crime.
“I am already in the early stages of looking at shop watch, pub watch and business watch with a view to setting up a joined up Louth Town Watch system.
“This, coupled with a revised patrol strategy, would hopefully have significant impact on retail theft and evening economy violence offences.”
In Louth, the overall recorded crime rate fell by 23.2 per cent, with 247 fewer offences.
Non-residential burglaries, other theft and criminal damage showed the greatest reductions, 38.6 per cent, 28.8 per cent and 23 per cent respectively resulting in 189 fewer offences.
Household burglaries fell by 40 per cent (14 less offences), minor assaults were down 25.6 per cent (30 less offences), thefts from vehicles fell 16.7 per cent (seven less offences), assaults with injury were down 14.3 per cent (13 less offences) and vehicle thefts fell 12.5 per cent (two less offences).
Louth’s policing team say they are already working on the problem of ‘boy racers’ in the town, via section 59 warnings and educating young motorists.
Priority policing patrols are also operating in the town centre with regards the handbag thefts especially on market days.
In the rural areas around Louth overall crime was 24.8 per cent down (147 less offences), including thefts from vehicles down by 46.8 per cent.
Other theft was down 39.4 per cent and household burglaries fell by 38.7 per cent.
Non-residential burglaries were down by 36.3 per cent (41 less offences) and thefts of vehicles were down by 30.8 per cent (four less offences).
The Louth Rural Neighbourhood Panels met on 12/02/13 after having to re-arrange from January due to bad weather.
Police say historically the villages of Holton le Clay, Tetney and North Thoresby have suffered from thefts from vehicles in the early part of the year and the victims have predominantly left the vehicles insecure, and work is being done to target this.