Burglary is up 42 per cent
POLICE have revealed new figures for offences committed in the south of the town, with non-domestic burglary up by 42 per cent.
At Swindon Council’s south locality meeting at Croft Primary School, Inspector Joe Saunders of Wiltshire Police made a presentation to residents.
His figures, for the year ending September 2013, showed there were 172 non-domestic burglaries committed in the region, compared with 121 from the year before.
There was a significant increase in the number of cases involving violence against the person, up 25 per cent to 179 from 143.
There was, however, good news for motorists, who were told there had been a 30 per cent drop in vehicle crime, down to 122 offences compared with 176 from the year previous.
Inspector Saunders said: “Generally non-dwelling burglaries have gone up, which is a good thing for the threat to people, but we understand this is not positive when you think of what people are losing to criminals.
“With regards the violence towards people, you have to remember the South locality is full of residential areas; you aren’t going to have the regular occurrences of violence you might have in a town centre.
“There are a lot of private space offences, which presents a new challenge to us, because we don’t have lots of witnesses about to counter these issues. We would ask neighbours to continue to look out for each other and come forward when they hear of a particular offence.”
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