CRIME on the streets of Grimsby and the surrounding communities is on the rise, according to the latest figures on www.police.uk
And police have blamed the hike in January on the poor weather and the seasonal increase in police patrols having kept criminals at bay during December.
The number of incidents reported in the town has risen by almost 20 per cent since the launch of the new online crime map last month – which gives concerned residents the chance to see how much illegal activity has taken place in their neighbourhood.
The latest statistics posted on the website show that in Grimsby a total of 875 incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour happened in January, compared to just 723 in December – with rises in levels of vehicle crime, robbery and antisocial behaviour.
However, Humberside Police chiefs have urged the public not to panic, saying the figures do not represent a trend of increasing crime in the area.
A police spokesman said: "December saw the worst weather conditions for a number of years, which had a dramatic impact on the whole country and presented the blue light services with a raft of challenges as we worked to try to maintain daily business.
"Although this was a factor in reducing the crime levels across the area, there were also a number of high visibility operations specific to the time of year
"This mixture of weather and targeted multi agency operational activity led to a lowest ever recorded crime figure for December which was always going to present us with a challenge as police looked to build on this in January."
An increase in crime has also been recorded in Cleethorpes – where there were 299 incidents in January compared to 209 the previous month – and in Louth, where residents witnessed 180 crimes, up from 130 in December.
In a bid to crack down on the rising level of anti-social behaviour in Louth, police chiefs have vowed to focus their resources on the local nightlife.
A spokesman said: "Comparing figures month-on-month does not reflect a true picture, as the time span is too short to identify any developing trends.
"However, we do recognise that town centre antisocial behaviour during the weekends has been highlighted as a community issue and so we continue to work alongside licensees and focus resources on the night-time economy to ensure Louth remains a safe place in which to live and visit.
"We are pleased residents have confidence in local officers and responded to our encouragement to report incidents of concern."
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