More big crime falls in Cowes

By David Newble

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

 

THE DOWNWARD trend in crime in Cowes has continued with further significant falls since last year’s comparable figures it has been revealed.

Members of Cowes Town Council were told at their November meeting reported overall crime in Cowes and Gurnard had dropped by 28 per cent between April and October, 2008, compared with last year’s figures.

Violent crime had also fallen by 24 per cent and incidents of criminal damage had fallen by 36 per cent.

The figures were unveiled by Police Community Support Officer Stephen Oatley.

He told members that the force would also be conducting high-visibility patrols in the town in the run-up to Christmas.

He added that police were working with the IW Council to try to improve security at the park-and-ride car park at Somerton.

The council was also told how members of the public were leaving valuables inside their cars at the park and ride, which could be targeted by thieves.

Warning letters have been sent to drivers reminding them to secure their valuables and not to leave them visible in their cars.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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