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Skelmersdale 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 going down overall but deliberate fires, 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 in West Lancashire has decreased, but places such as Up Holland have seen a 15% increase in recorded crime.

In Up Holland almost all categories of crime are up, including a 37.8% rise in violence against the person, a 22.4% rise in burglaries and a 35.3% increase in deliberate fires.

But drug offences in the ward have fallen by 37.5%.

In Ashurst there is a similar picture as recorded crime has risen by 17%, with burglary increasing by 26.3%, vehicle crime rising by 28.6% and criminal damage increasing by 55.1%.

The number of deliberate fires has also risen by 58.8% and drug offences have increased by 28.6%.

In Tanhouse recorded crime has marginally decreased by 0.7% but it still remains the ward with the highest number of  recorded crimes with 415 reported in 2013.

Burglary has increased by 44.4% in the ward, vehicle crime has risen by 11.5% and drug offences have  increased by 16.7%.

Violence against the person has dropped by 16.8%however and criminal damage has also fallen by 6%.

In Digmoor recorded crime has fallen by 6.7%, with criminal damage down by 23.5%, and serious acquisitive crime  also falling by 35%.

However burglary is up by 30.3% and calls to the police about anti-social behaviour have also increased by 4%, with 404 calls made in 2013.

Crime in Skelmersdale South has also fallen by 12.7% with drug offences down by 18.7%, burglary down by 39% and criminal damage also down by 33.7%.

Calls to police regarding anti-social behaviour have also fallen by 25.2% in the ward.

In Skelmersdale North there is a similar picture with recorded crime falling by 14.6%. Drug offences in the borough are down by 43% and deliberate fires have also fallen by 11.1%.

However serious acquisitive crime has increased by 22.6%, thefts from vehicles have risen by 29.4% and calls to the police about anti-social behaviour have also risen by 14.3%.

 Crime in Birch Green  has fallen by 14.5% with vehicle crime down by 70%, criminal damage down by 24.5% and calls to the police about anti-social behaviour also down by 18.6%.

Burglary is up by 12.5% however, deliberate fires have  increased by 14.3%, and  domestic violence has also risen by 17.2%.

Crime in Moorside ward has also dropped by 15.2% with criminal damage down by 23.6% and calls to the police regarding anti-social behaviour also down by 22%. Drug offences are up by 111% however and burglary has increased by 28%.

In recent months police  officers throughout 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 we spoke to The geographic inspector for West Lancashire,  Christina Shorrock, said 

Insp 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.

“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.

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