Crime concern areas mapped out

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A NEW report has revealed the crime map of Wigan.

In a report to Wigan Council’s Building Stronger Communities Scrutiny Committee, Supt Andrea Jones revealed crime detection rates in five townships across the borought, revealing the reality of the types of problems that police face in tacking crime.

The performance within the five neighbourhood policing areas of Pemberton, Wigan, Hindley, Leigh and Atherton were detailed.

The report revealed that in most areas crime is reducing, although there was no clear pattern across the localities as to crime trends in the borough.

For example, in Wigan the theft of vehicles fell by nearly 30 per cent between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, to date, but this type of crime soared by 94.2 per cent in Leigh, from 52 thefts in 2010-2011 to 101 in 2011-2012.

In Pemberton, crime fell in nine out of 12 categories including handling stolen goods, criminal damage and serious violent crime, but it rose by nearly 40 per cent when it came to burglary.

In Hindley crime fell in 11 out of 12 category areas, the only increase being in thefts from vehicles, which rose from 126 incidents in 2010-2011 to 141 in 2011-2012.

During the same period serious violent crimes fell by a huge 58.3 per cent in Hindley, from 24 incidents to 10 and there was a reduction of 12.5 per cent in Wigan in the same area.

Crime fell in all 12 categories in Atherton but in Wigan incidents rose in six areas with an overall increase of 1.4 per cent in all crimes.

The report said: “This report updates the committee on Greater Manchester Police’s commitment to retaining and strengthening neighbourhood policing. The area performance tables reflect considerable impact made on partnership priorities that fall under the broad heading of ‘disorder’ across Neighbourhood Policing Team areas with challenges across those where performance could be improved.”

The report aimed to quell fears of a reduction in policing caused by budget cuts.