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Over TEN violent or sexual crimes reported every DAY last year in Crawley

Alarming figures show the shocking truth of what is happening in the town.



The latest figures released by the police have shown a worrying rise in violent and sexual crimes reported over the last year.

In 2017 over the same period (Jan – Dec) there were 3,155 reports or violence against a person.

Compare the figure to the same time frame in 2018 and the figure jumps up to 3,582.

This shows an increase of 13.5% in just a year.

Sexual offences including rape also increased by 8.5% from 349 in 2017 to 371 in 2018.

These all amounting to an average of more than ten reports a day.

The data was received from Sussex Police and covers the wards of Crawley but you can also see stats at which is freely available for anyone to analyse reported crimes in their area.

It is also worth noting that whilst these are reported crimes, many are unsolved, still under investigation or no further action was taken.

These findings also fall in-line with the increase in reported drug activity, up over 36.6% compared to 2017.

According to May was the worst month for drug reports with 64 filed but interestingly 21 of those reports were for the same location in Manor Royal and every single one resulted in “insufficient evidence to bring anyone to justice”.

The police have been very proactive in promoting the fact they have new officers adding to their current numbers to try to alleviate fears over the rise in crimes for the town.

But the question remains, with such high increases in numbers how will an increase of only a few extra bodies on shifts help to reduce statistics that paint a worrying picture for the area.

There has also been a huge increase in PR by the police to encourage people to report crimes and this could also be a contributing factor such a jump in the figures.

Prevention Inspector Simon Starns explained:

“It is important for people understand the context behind the headlines. Although we have seen an increase in violence against the person, nearly three quarters of all of these offences are without injury or at the lowest level of injury.

“Violence against the person is a very broad category which ranges from the extreme top end, murder and manslaughter, right through to more common minor assaults where no injury is caused.

“Crawley district has seen a decrease in the year on year number of murders and manslaughters, with five compared to seven the year before.

“Pro-active policing in some areas can also lead to a demonstrable rise in recorded crimes, for example drugs offences, through stop checks or where operations are carried out to identify and target those involved in drug trafficking.

“Robust action days for Operation Oxide, which focuses on offences linked to drug dealing, are conducted on a regular basis and significant arrests have been made through the year.

“That is not to diminish the overall trend and we review offences and intelligence on a continuous basis to ensure we can put the right resources in place to prevent and tackle those offences which cause the greatest harm. This may involve an increased visible police presence or it may require non-uniform specialist investigators who deal with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Thanks to the precept increase we will see hundreds of officers being recruited over four years, leading to an additional 200 officers than we currently have.

“This gives us the opportunity to strengthen community policing, improve ways for the public to make contact and further modernise the service to meet new and increasingly complex demands.

“We continue to work with the community and encourage members of the public to keep reporting incidents of crime to us to help prevent and tackle criminal activity in the district.”

Leader of Crawley Borough Council Peter Lamb said:

“These figures back up what our community has been telling the Police Commissioner for months: drugs and violence in Crawley is out of control. Rather than telling me to keep quiet, she should have done her job and given us back our police.

We’ve lost over 700 officers since 2010, her current ‘recruitment’ proposals replace less than a third. If we want law and order back she is going to have to do much, much better.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“Increases in drug and violent crime are a considerable concern to us as local residents. I welcome a Home Office fund just awarded to Sussex Police of almost £1 million to directly tackle these challenges and Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s policy of recruiting an extra 200 officers. With its reserves of over £21 million though, Crawley Borough Council could be doing much more to make our town centre and neighbourhoods safer too.”


Crawley Council warns of rise of conmen knocking on doors across town



The message is very clear – Be scam aware!

Crawley Borough Council is warning residents to be scam aware following a rise in reports of conmen knocking on doors.

The council has recently received reports of two different scams, where residents are asked to pay thousands of pounds up front for work that isn’t needed or shouldn’t cost anywhere near that amount.

In the first scam, a group of men were knocking on residents’ doors claiming to be from a boiler company and saying that they had been sent to check on boilers.

This happened to a resident in Bewbush, who was told their boiler needed to be fixed at a cost of £4,000, which he was told to withdraw from his bank without telling anyone. This particular tenant was vulnerable but fortunately the bank staff knew him well and questioned why he was withdrawing such a large amount of money.

His support worker was then notified and the incident was reported to the police. Additional security measures have been put in place for this tenant.

The second scam was reported in Gossops Green, where a resident was scammed for fencing at a cost of £3,500. This was reported to the police and fortunately the cheque was cancelled before the scammers got their money.

Scams come in many different forms and not just on the doorstep. Other scams include emails, phone calls and text messages. We are encouraging tenants to be extra careful when buying products or services online or in person.

Some of the signs to look out for include:

*             You are asked to pay money up front, for example to cover delivery costs or to ‘release funds’

*             You have ‘won a prize’ in a lottery or competition you have never heard of, much less entered

*             You are pressurised or hurried into making a decision – e.g. told to ‘act now’ as the price will go up if you don’t buy immediately

*             You are told to not tell anyone else about it – for example ‘it’s an exclusive deal only for you’

*             Unsolicited emails, phone calls, text messages or letters

*             Emails from sources you don’t recognise that include attached documents or other files

*             Emails that appear to be from your bank, HMRC or another trustworthy source that ask you to reveal personal data, such as your account details.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“There will always be a small number of people who seek to take advantage of others, but we can protect ourselves from scams by taking a little extra time to check people are who they claim to be.”

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