Crime down across police’s priority areas, say force chiefs

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Figures released this week show that since the launch of Warwickshire Police’s Operation X, crime has fallen across three crime hotspots in the county, police say.

The force has said that between February 4 and May 31 2013, there were 2,258 recorded crimes within the three Priority Policing Areas (PPAs) in Leamington Spa, Nuneaton and Rugby, the PPAs are areas that have a higher than normal crime rate. That’s 219 fewer crimes compared to the same period in the previous year, before Operation X was launched.

Robbery and domestic burglary offences have reduced by 32 per cent and 12 per cent respectively across the Priority Policing Areas, whilst vehicle crime has decreased by 10 per cent.

However, when broken down into the three individual Priority Policing Areas, Leamington has managed to reduce overall crime in its PPA in the last four months by 25 per cent, while in Rugby’s PPA crime fell by three per cent.

Operation X officers arrested 406 people for a variety of offences, including 85 for burglary offences, 84 for vehicle crimes, 78 for drug offences and 15 for robbery offences. In addition officers have seized drugs, including cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis, believed to be worth around £250,000 in a series of raids across all three PPAs.

Chief Superintendent Martin McNevin said, “These figures are extremely encouraging and show that this targeted approach to policing, over and above what we are already doing, is working. Criminals in Warwickshire have no place to hide and anyone thinking of coming into Warwickshire to commit crime should think again.”