Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A fifth of all crime in Southend-on-Sea is committed in Milton ward


Here follows an extract from the Annual Crime Report 2015-2016:

There were 14254 crimes last year; this represents:

Southend Crime Increase - 10.8%
Essex Crime Increase - 11.5%

There were marginally less sexual offences, burglary (other) and vehicle crime, but an increase in crime in all other classifications; there were 734 more ‘violence without injury offences’, which was our biggest issue. This crime group now includes malicious communications and social media offences so we are hoping that with changing reporting mechanisms, this year may be the bench mark for future crime recording.

We have solved 22% of all crime

The demands of Southend Policing remain: 175,000 population; 6 million visitors each year, the third best attended theme park in the Country, Southend United Football Club, and a significant seasonal variation of 27% during the summer months.

The report also included statistics on crimes per ward in the borough, presented in tabular form:


Ward

Number of Crimes
%

Rank
Milton
2855
20.03
1
Victoria
1643
11.53
2
Kursaal
1482
10.40
3
Prittlewell
834
5.85
4
Southchurch
783
5.49
5
Shoebury
727
5.10
6
St Lukes
717
5.03
7
Chalkwell
711
4.99
8
Westborough
652
4.57
9
St Lawrence
629
4.41
10
Leigh
615
4.31
11
West Shoebury
590
4.13
12
Blenheim Park
509
3.57
13
Thorpe
421
2.95
14
Belfairs
406
2.84
15
West Leigh
352
2.47
16
Eastwood Park
328
2.30
17




TOTAL
14254
100


Milton is the town centre ward, has the majority of nightclubs plus other entertainment venues. It also has two high streets, the pier, many pubs and restaurants, etc. However, I cannot take any joy in Milton being foremost in the Borough (and probably all of Essex) in respect of crimes reported, just over a fifth of all reported for the borough.

Whilst to some extent crime reporting may be more diligently undertaken in Milton ward, the fact that this ward is nearly twice as crime-ridden as the wards in second and third place, and four times as crime-ridden as the next nearest wards, is a worry.

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