May column: On the Beat

Published on: 03 May 2013

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May column: On the Beat

With Inspector Tim Stuckes Inspector Tim Stuckes

We have been reviewing the crime figures in for the year April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013, which I thought would be worth sharing.  We had 1,050 crimes reported across my policing area (Keynsham and Chew Valley) this year compared to 1,249 last year. This is a 15.9% reduction which is very pleasing to see.

The detection rate across the B&NES district finished up at just over 40% and yet again we were the best performing district.  When I arrived in Keynsham eight years ago we were way off these sorts of figures so it is a time to reflect on how far we have come. Crime across Bath and North East Somerset is down 8% overall so we are well ahead on reducing crime in our neighbourhood.

We all have a part to play in continuing this reduction and we are not complacent – thefts from motor vehicles have shown a slight increase of late, with offences often occurring during daylight hours, particularly in the Keynsham North and South areas.  Commercial vehicles are often a target for tools. I would always rather have too much information than not enough so please – if you see anything suspicious, ring it in on 101.

I would urge you to read the police newsletter for Keynsham which includes an introduction to the new Chief Constable, Nick Gargan. Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens also features and she spoke at the Annual Keynsham Town Meeting when I was pleased to assist her with answering queries on local policing. The newsletter is available in the town council offices, the library, or indeed, online.

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