Malmesbury crime figures show drop in antisocial behaviour reports
11:24am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
FEWER people in the Malmesbury area are concerned about anti-social behaviour, drug misuse and unemployment than residents in the rest of Wiltshire, according to a survey by the county’s police and crime commissioner.
But more of them are worried about the standard of public transport and speeding.
The results were revealed as local crime figures showed a 14.6 per cent drop in reports of antisocial behaviour, from 103 to 88 in the past year.
But the number of assaults has jumped by 20 to 81.
Insp Mark Thomas explained: “The vast majority of these offences are of a minor nature and tend to occur in private spaces - dwellings.
“In many of these incidents it is friends that have fallen out with each other who report the incidents then don’t wish to pursue.
“We also see the reporting of domestic violence - something that we are very keen to see reported - so we can take firm positive action against the offenders and support those victims of such incidents.”
He said it was encouraging to see the fall in antisocial incidents because officers normally had to deal with an increase during the summer.
There had been a rise in general crime, although he stressed the numbers were not large. Vehicle crime had increased by nine to 44, while burglaries of commercial premises had gone up from 61 to 64.
The commissioner’s survey, which involved 385 residents in the Wootton Bassett sector, showed almost 86 per cent of people felt safe outside after dark compared to the Wiltshire average of just under 64 per cent.
A total of 73.6 per cent, 14.5 higher, were satisfied with the level of police visibility in their neighbourhood and at nine per cent, concerns about drug misuse were much lower than the 30 per cent county figure.
But 34.4 per cent were not happy about public transport compared to 20.4 per cent elsewhere and 17.8 per cent wanted speeding tackled as a priority while the average was 4.7.