Mike Turner says: “Over the last few weeks there certainly seems to be a sense that crime is on the up in Raunds or is it just me?
Between the reports of
- Vehicle thefts
- Suspicious vehicles driving around
- Damage of a public CCTV camera
- Newly planted trees snapped
- The strong smells of Cannabis very close to Windmill school as well as wafting up your noise as you walk down spinney hill
- Anti-social behaviour
- The horrific animal attacks
- A serious safeguarding incident involving a child of one of our schools.
- Not to mention the towns very dangerous squirrel who is damaging gardens by hiding its nuts
I’ve seen even more comments about car windows and windscreens being smashed, mopeds riding around with illegal exhausts disturbing children trying to go to sleep.
Is this just an unusual spike, normal and we’re just communicating things better, are the god punishing us for Henge-gate or is this a sign of things to come in Raunds if something isn’t done?
I’ve read comments about ‘The Mere’ (the area of the animal attack) being a location associated with drug dealing, I’ve also heard many complaints about the town drug problem as well as the frustration about the lack of police presence we generally have in our growing town
I tried to get comment from the police over the course of this week. I asked for more information about the child safeguarding incident earlier and whether there was a risk of the same incident reoccurring to other children (given the lack of any other information) and was provided with the below by PCSO Tim Butter:
“I am aware of a child safeguarding incident (which happens daily in Northamptonshire) which involves a pupil at Windmill School, I am happy to discuss child safeguarding in general at any time with you.
Police stats show that children are at far more risk with people they know than risk from strangers, FACT.
Northants Police are rolling out a county wide Blue Butterfly scheme to ALL primary schools that want it.
I have personally held workshops to EVERY class in STANWICK PRIMARY & THE PRIMARY next to manor school.”
I asked further specific questions regarding whether there was a drug problem in Raunds and what the police were doing but the only comment was:
“I would suggest you sign up for free on our new neighbourhood alert;
Our website www.northants.police.uk will contain new press releases
And finally you sign up to the @Northantspolice twitter feed as well.”
I’ve seen comments such as:
Tell me again how great our Town is now its getting much bigger
Raunds was a lovely little place to live in. I don’t know what’s happened but it not the same anymore. Incidents like this were unheard of. It should never have been developed the way it has. Raunds as we knew it no longer exist…or am I just imagining that there is a problem and our town is within the average ‘statistics’ for towns like ours?”
In order to provide some balanced perspective with regards to current crime levels in Raunds, we’ve downloaded a police data set as far back as March 2015. Whilst there is a lot of data, we’ve created a monthly average figure for each year to do a year by year comparison.
The trouble with the above stats is that we’re only comparing 2 months of 2018 with full years for previous years (and only 10 months for 2015).
So let’s limit the data to remove 2015 and limit to only comparing Jan and Feb across all 3 years
What do these stats tell us when compared 2017?
- There is an overall reduction in the reporting / recording of crime in Raunds
- Increases in:
- Violence and Sexual Offences (up by 8%)
- Criminal damage and arson (up 75%)
- Drugs (up over 300%)
- Theft from the person
- Decreases in:
- Anti-social behaviour (down by 44%)
- Burglary (down by 54%)
- Other crime (down by 50%)
- Other theft (down by 33%)
- Public order (down by 75%)
- Shoplifting (down by 100%)
So what do you all think? – let us know in your comments
- Does Raunds need more police presence?
- Do we have a problem that needs solving?
- How do we solve the problem?
- How much other criminal activity have we simply not even heard about recently?
- How much of the problem is related to the lack of Youth Centre or similar facilities for our young adults?
- Is the town simply getting too big and we need to accept it?
- How much of an impact is being caused by a lack of government funding?