Crime falls to new low

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CRIME in Wigan has dropped over the last 12 months according to new figures released.

Crime statistics from Greater Manchester Police reveal that from February 2010 to the end of February 2011, there have been 3,372 fewer victims of crime.

The news comes following the launch of the Home Office’s online crime map last month, on www.police.uk, which allows people to search for crime data street by street and tells users where crimes have been committed within the last month, including violent crime, burglary, robbery, and anti-social behaviour.

Supt Stuart Ellison, of Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division, said: “Many factors affect crime levels, including the time of year, enforcement work carried out by police and crime reduction initiatives by police and partners. We have also made it much easier to report certain crimes, and this has also affected our figures.

“Crime is coming down across Wigan borough, and in the 12 months to the end of February 2011 there have been 3,372 fewer victims compared to the previous 12 months.

“We are totally committed to ensuring this trend continues.”

During a quick search on the police.uk website, The Evening Post found that crime in Wigan had risen from December 2010 to January 2011, with anti-social behaviour being the most reported crime.

In the centre of Wigan, which includes statistics from Scholes, Swinley, Whelley and Newtown, there were 377 crimes reported in January, including 116 in the town centre and 51 in Market Street alone.

In December, there were 382 incidents, with 162 in the town centre and 83 in Market Street.

In Leigh, there were 398 crimes in January, compared with 316 in December.

The third most crime ridden area was WN2, which covers Hindley and Ince, with 204 incidents in January and 137 in December.

The WN3 area - Worsley Mesnes, Goose Green, Pemberton and Newtown - recorded 197 offences in January and 168 crimes in December.

The lowest record crime levels were in WN6, which covers Shevington, with 26 offences in January and 34 in December, and WN1 - Haigh, Red Rock and Marylebone - with 40 crimes in January and 38 the previous month.

As the crime map only measures a 1 mile radius for each post code or area typed, it does not reflect the total post code area as assigned by the Royal Mail. Residents need to enter their own post code to get a full picture, as the post code analysis does not cover the whole area.