Crime down in Up Hatherley and Benhall
CRIME in Up Hatherley and Benhall has dropped by nearly 20 per cent over the past three months.
There were 126 offences reported in the area from December 1 to last week – down from 101 in the same period the previous year.
Burglaries have dropped by two-thirds from 33 to 11, while there were zero robberies – down from three the previous year. Thefts fell from 43 to 31.
However, violent offences doubled from seven to 14, while the amount of criminal damage reported increased from 18 to 24.
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Police said the area covered Cheltenham police station and four of the violence offences in the latest figures were in the cells on officers.
Another two were common assaults and three were ABH.
Councillor Roger Whyborn (LD, Up Hatherley) said the area remained a very safe place to live.
He said: "People are always concerned about crime, and particularly violent crimes.
"We all know there was a very serious attempted rape in Benhall recently, but in general people do feel very safe walking the streets here."
Police Community Support Officer Lynda Jackson said the majority of the figures were very encouraging.
She said: "We were experiencing a high number of burglaries in Cheltenham last year and it's pleasing to see that the work by our officers in targeting offenders, backed up by the crime reduction advice the community team gave out at the time, has been really effective.
"Criminal damage has increased, which may be to do with a spate of incidents in which Christmas wreaths and lights were broken in Windermere Road in December.
"I also think that the work I have been doing to increase reporting in Up Hatherley means people aren't suffering in silence anymore. I am determined to ensure things continue to improve in the area and we won't be getting complacent."
Drug offences and fraud remained steady with 13 and five being reported respectively in both time frames.
Anyone with an issue can report it to police by ringing 101.