April 9, 2011
rates in Burnham-On-Sea area continue to fall, report police
number of crimes in Burnham-On-Sea has dropped by two per cent
over the past year, according to new figures released this week.
at the annual town council meeting this week, Sgt Ian Kennett
said the number of reported crimes in the Burnham area have dropped
while detection rates have risen.
said: "The total number of recorded crimes fell by 2.1% in
the year to April. At the same time two years ago, there were
2,306 crimes reported. In the last 12 months there were 1,947
have also sustained and slightly improved on the highest levels
of crime detection ever recorded in this area from last year.
Over the whole 12 month period, our team solved 30.4% of all crime
sustained performance in the crime agenda over a two year period
is something we should all be very proud of. As a community, we
have made it harder for criminals, both violent ones and those
who steal, to offend here and with the continued support of many
within the community, more of those offenders have been brought
"Clearly the job of preventing and detecting crime will unfortunately
never end, but we can safely say that our community is safer and
stronger than it has been in the past - I think because we all
added that one of the main focuses for Burnham Police in the coming
months will be maintaining customer service during financial cutbacks.
current financial restrictions on all of us must not be an excuse
to reduce the quality of our service or in any way reduce the
expectations the community places on its policing team,"
"The realism of the situation will mean there will be changes
to how we deliver on those expectations in the future."
"There will be some redeployment of resources and redistribution
of work and responsibilities, to ensure that we are able to continue
to deliver the standards of service you are currently used to.
Any changes at this time will be made so that they do not effect
the numbers of officers delivering the front line emergency response
to the public."
"One of those changes will be in the opening hours of police
stations. Burnham Station will remain open 5 days a week with
late opening until 8pm at least once a week. The public can still
seek contact with an officer at any time, via the phones located
directly outside the station."
"Another change will be the removal of one of the posts
providing support to our team through managing the administrative
requirements of our work, as well as ensuring the non emergency
requests for service are promptly dealt with."
"Whatever changes are made to our team structure, you can
all be assured that there will always be uniformed officers working
and available in our area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
He added: "We will continue to ensure that the safety of
all of those people living, working and visiting our community
remains as a top priority for us."