Challenge is on to keep crime levels low

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Sudbury’s police chief has stressed the importance of maintaining low levels of crime throughout the area in the coming year.

During the last 12 months, the town’s force has regularly reported falls in the number of crimes recorded each month.

Inspector Paul Crick said officers were continuing to work hard to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and had enjoyed a positive start to 2014.

“Christmas and the new year went very well,” said Mr Crick.

“It was not as busy in the town as it has been and, as always, we had extra resources and support in place. We know how to police this time of year and there were only one or two isolated incidents.”

During the next 12 months, a variety of initiatives will be used by police in the area to keep people safe.

Among these is the Reducing the Strength Campaign, which sees shops and supermarkets asked to stop selling beer, lager and cider above 6.5 per cent alcohol by volume. Sudbury is to become the first town in the area to introduce the scheme.

“The number of recorded crimes fell significantly in the last year and the challenge is to maintain those low-levels,” said Mr Crick.

“We know that they can’t keep going down indefinitely, but we want to build on what we have done over the last couple of years.”

Mr Crick added that officers wanted to improve confidence in the force in the business and farming communities and would continue to focus on the problem of outbuilding burglaries.

“We are in good shape with regard to the home burglaries, but want to do more on shed burglaries,” he said.

“These are often not as secure and we want security to improve.”

Sudbury Police has recently welcomed two new sergeants to its ranks.

Sgt Steve Tulley and Sgt Kathy Ellis started work last week.