Burglaries are cut by 35% and drugs arrests are up
Cycle thefts reduced after young gang is caught by police
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