Crime figures drop in Midhurst and Petworth

Police targeting rural crime in Midhurst and surrounding areas.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131019-2

Police targeting rural crime in Midhurst and surrounding areas.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131019-2

LATEST figures reveal that crime has plummeted across the Midhurst and Petworth area.

PC Paul Quinnell reported to Midhurst town councillors that the newest statistics were ‘as good as they have ever been.’

He told the council meeting: “The figures for December 2013 against December 2012 are really fantastic.

“The figures for Midhurst town itself show a major decrease which is really unprecedented.”

The latest figures reveal that crime numbers across the board in Midhurst itself have nose dived by 138 incidents to a total of 178 crimes reported in the town throughout December compared with the same figures a year ago.

Across Midhurst and Petworth the picture was even healthier with 359 fewer crimes reported making the total of crimes in every category reported 868.

PC Quinnell said the figures were a result of coordinated operations by the neighbourhood policing team for the Midhurst and Petworth area.

In addition there had been several joint operations with Surrey and Hampshire across the border which had also reaped results.

“I think it’s fair to say that it’s as good as it has ever been at the moment,” he told town councillors.

But PC Quinnell stressed that police in the Midhurst and Petworth area were not complacent about the new statistics.

Operations to target thieves and combat crime generally in the area continued together with the regular ‘multi agency’ operations.

Chairman of Midhurst Town Council John Etherington told the Observer: “I am greatly encouraged by this latest set of figures, but we mustn’t be lulled into a false sense of security.

“It is good to know Midhurst is a such a safe place to live.

And Ken Lintill, chairman of Petworth Town Council added: “This is excellent news. Petworth is a good place to live and the police are obviously doing a good job.”




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