Drugs buck trend of crime decline

Operation Witch carried out in Daventry in November
Operation Witch carried out in Daventry in November

Crime across the Daventry district has fallen by seven per cent compared to this time last year.

There were 264 fewer offences taking place in the past 12 months – 3,490 crimes recorded between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, compared to 3,754 in the previous year.

Daventry’s sector commander Inspector Carol Fullerton was pleased with the results, saying: “This is simply excellent news. It shows that Daventry and the district is a very safe place to live.”

Violence has gone down by 4.5 per cent, vehicle crime down 24.1 per cent and criminal damage down 20.6 per cent.

However, there were some areas where crime went up in the Daventry district. Drug possession went up by 20 per cent and drug trafficking up by 3.3 per cent.

Insp Fullerton said: “I am actually pleased with these statistics because it shows that we have been pro-active in catching the people behind these offences.

“We had Operation Witch launched at the end of November where we did raids across the town centre and we had a number of arrests and cautions as a result of that.”

Sexual offences also went up 14.6 per cent and Insp Fullerton believes that many of these cases are historical.

She added: “With the launch of Operation Yewtree on a national scale, we are finding that victims, particularly of historical sexual abuse, feel more comfortable talking about what they have been through.”

But she hopes people will help police with simple precautions.

Insp Fullerton said: “We have seen an increase in theft from homes. We would urge people to make their homes as safe as possible by locking and securing the doors. That way you stop opportunist criminals.”