Drop in crime in South Cerney
CRIME in South Cerney dropped by almost 10 per cent in the last year.
At the annual village meeting this month it was reported that incidents of violent crime decreased from 24 in the period from May 2010 to the end of April 2011, to 16 in the following 12 months.
Incidents of burglary decreased from 21 to 13 in the same period, including only three house burglaries, and fraud decreased from three incidents to one, while criminal damage dropped from 19 to 14.
Although incidents of theft increased from 36 incidents in May 2010-2011 to 43 in the same period from May 2011-2012, local policing officer PC Sarah Bradley said this was because of an uncommon rise in thefts of fishing equipment while owners slept.
However, she added this has since fallen back down to normal levels following a police crackdown.
An increase in thefts from vehicles overnight has also contributed to this rise.
South Cerney Parish Council chairman Cllr Mike Stuart praised PC Bradley’s efforts to drive down crime in the village.
“I think we’ve got a very good copper in South Cerney,” he said. “She is a lady who will not tolerate nonsense.”