Bur­glar­ies are cut by 35% and drugs ar­rests are up

Cy­cle thefts re­duced after young gang is caught by po­lice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CRIME has con­tin­ued to fall in Chiltern and South Bucks mak­ing it a safe place to live, a po­lice chief has said.

High­lights from the lat­est statis­tics in­clude 142 fewer do­mes­tic bur­glar­ies than the same pe­riod last year, a re­duc­tion of 35 per cent, and 256 fewer non-dwelling bur­glar­ies, such as shed break-ins, a re­duc­tion of 40 per cent.

Since Septem­ber 1 there have been two bur­glar­ies in Lit­tle Chal­font and they are be­lieved to be linked with four in Che­sham and one in Ayles­bury.

An ar­rest has been made over the of­fences and fur­ther foren­sic en­quiries are on­go­ing.

There have been 10 bur­glar­ies in Amer­sham since Septem­ber 1 and three men from Pin­ner have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion.

Chief In­spec­tor Peter Foy said that de­spite pub­lic per­cep­tion, the num­ber of bur­glar­ies in the area is fall­ing.

He added: “I wouldn’t say there’s been a spate of bur­glar­ies and I want to al­lay those fears.

“You can see how much bur­glary has been re­duced and the suc­cess that we’re hav­ing.”

Of­fi­cers have also cracked down on cy­cle thefts with 61 fewer crimes, which is a re­duc­tion of almost 55 per cent.

There had been a spate of cy­cle thefts in Che­sham and the Chalfonts due to a gang of five young­sters steal­ing bikes ‘to or­der’. They have since been ar­rested and sentenced.

Ch Insp Foy said: “The Neigh­bour­hood team worked to­gether to tar­get the crime group and it’s great that we smashed that and caught them early on. It’s great we broke up that gang.”

One crime that has gone up is drug of­fences with a to­tal of 151, which is seven more than last year.

Of those of­fences, 127 have been dealt with and the re­main­ing 24 still go­ing through the process.

How­ever, Ch Insp Foy said the in­crease does not mean drug crime is up.

He added: “You have to be cau­tious with drug fig­ures. If you never went look­ing for it you’d get no fig­ures and the fear of a drug prob­lem wouldn’t be there, but the drugs would still be there. The good news is we’ve ar­rested eight more peo­ple this year for pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply. We’ve been tar­get­ing the deal­ers and taken them out.

“A lot of the work has been com­mu­nity-based with the com­mu­nity telling us what’s hap­pen­ing and I’m keen for that vig­i­lance from the pub­lic to carry on so we can re­act.” A BOOK writ­ten by a man whose home was taken over by French forces dur­ing the Sec­ond World War has been reprinted.

The book was reprinted by the Bea­cons­field Twinning As­so­ci­a­tion to mark the cen­te­nary of the First World War.

About 40 peo­ple at­tended to see Do­minic Grieve MP present copies of The Free French: Bea­cons­field and Africa to the Bea­cons­field li­brar­ian and two schools – Holt­spur and Bea­cons­field High – on

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