Crime is falling in South Northants, say police


Recorded crime fell by 10 per cent in South Northants last year, according to figures released by Northants Police.

This equates to 292 fewer offences committed between April 1, 2013, and April 1 this year, with a total of 2,517 crimes recorded.

Insp Andy Hall said: “This success can be attributed to the continued hard work of our local officers working hard with partners to tackle local problems.

“We are continuing to tackle burglaries which have been a problem for us in the last 12 months and are increasing patrols across the district. We are committed to tackling and reducing crime across the area.”

Specifically the figures show a 13 per cent fall in the number of violent crimes, from 424 to 366. Robbery figures have also dropped by 27 per cent, from 11 to eight. Vehicle crime and criminal damage numbers are also lower, 358 and 334, respectively, representing a reduction of 12 and 28 per cent.

However figures for residential burglaries have almost doubled, jumping up 43 per cent, from 153 to 219 incidents. Drug trafficking charges have also seen a sharp increase, up by 54 per cent, from 11 offences to 17. The number of sexual and drug possession crimes also rose, recorded as 41 and 84 respectively. This equates to a rise of five and 18 per cent.

Insp Hall concluded: “We hope to start working more closely with communities in south Northamptonshire in the next year with the aid of volunteers, providing more information about local issues to people where they live.”