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Ormskirk crime figures revealed

Figures for all wards in the borough released following Advertiser investigation

Geographic Inspector for West Lancashire, Christina Shorrock

CRIME in West Lancashire is falling overall – but vehicle crime, burglary and drug offences are all on the up, according to  recent figures.

The figures for 2012 and 2013 for all wards in the borough were obtained by the Advertiser following a Freedom of Information request.

On the whole, crime across West Lancashire has decreased but places such as Derby ward in Ormskirk have seen a 21% rise in recorded crime.

This rise in Derby ward is mostly due to the 46.5%  rise in burglaries and the  90% increase in vehicle crime, including a 112%  increase in thefts from a vehicle. Calls to the police about anti-social behaviour have dropped by 6.9% however, with 269 calls made in 2013.

In Scott ward, recorded crime increased by just 1.9%, but drug offences  rose by 60%. There were also 27.6% more burglaries in the ward than 2012. Calls  regarding anti-social  behaviour also rose by 15%  with 357 calls made to  police. 

In Aughton and  Downholland, recorded  crime decreased by 8.2%,  however burglary increased by 5.9%, vehicle crime  increased by 83.3% and  calls to police about anti- social behaviour also rose  by 28.8%.

Crime in Burscough  West dropped by 19.5%,  with a 53% decrease in  serious acquisitive crime.  However drug offences  rose by 71.4% and burglary  increased by 22.2%.  Deliberate fires across the  ward also rose by 250%.

In Burscough East,  crime dropped by 2% and  burglary also decreased  by 39%. Vehicle crime  increased by 66.7%  however and serious  acquisitive crime also  rose by 100%.

Crime in Parbold  increased by 19.3% with  drug offences increasing  by 100% and burglaries up  by 107%. Calls to the police  about anti-social  behaviour also increased  by 15%.

However crimes involving violence against the person decreased by 46% in the ward.

In North Meols,  recorded crime decreased  by 4.4%,  but serious acquisitive crime increased by 50% and  thefts from vehicles also  rose by 183%.

Wrightington’s recorded crime increased by  7.6%, with burglary  increasing by 15%, vehicle  crime rising to 17% and calls regarding anti-social  behaviour going up by  23%. Violence against the  person decreased by 25%  however.

Halsall was the  ward with the largest  increase in crime year-on-year with a rise of 56.9% in recorded crime – however with only 80 crimes  recorded in 2013, crime  levels remain low. Similarly, in Newburgh recorded crime rose by 40% but this  was from 50 recorded crimes to 70 for 2013.

The figures also reveal  that calls to police about  domestic violence have sharply increased in some  wards. In North Meols,  there were 42.3% more  calls made last year than 2012. In Scarisbrick,  similarly, there were 41.7% more calls and, in  Rufford, there were a  staggering 112.5% more made.

In recent months, police  officers across West  Lancashire have tried to increase their visibility  among the community,  patrolling the streets  regularly and keeping social media channels  updated.

Regarding the latest figures, the Advertiser spoke to the Geographic  Inspector for West  Lancashire, Christina  Shorrock.

Inspector Shorrock  said: “With respect to criminality and anti- social behaviour in the West Lancs area, we are dedicated to keeping our local communities safe,  keeping levels of crime low and to delivering a high quality of service to victims of crime.

“We continue our  activity in response to  cross border criminality  and work closely with  Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police, conducting plain clothes  and highly visible operations on our arterial routes in response to spikes in crime.

“We also recognise that communities themselves  and our partners play a  significant role in crime  reduction and prevention  so we are grateful for their  continued support. We  would urge residents to  remain vigilant and keep  their homes, sheds and  garages secure at all times  as so many crimes are easily preventable.

“We will continue to  disrupt organised  criminality and drug  dealing in our areas, we  work closely with West  Lancashire Borough  Council and other  agencies involved in the  West Lancashire  Community Safety  Partnership and take a  robust, zero tolerance  approach to disrupt,  tackle and prevent those  individuals in organised  criminality and drug  dealing from operating in  Skelmersdale.

“It should be noted that  here in West Lancashire  our performance in all  crime categories is well  within the three-year  strategic target set by the  Home Office.”

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