More Bike Thefts Cause Big Rise In Recorded Crime In Scilly

police landroverScilly saw a big increase in recorded crime last year according to figures released by the Home Office.

The number of reported incidents across all categories leapt from 49 in 2012 to 82 in 2013, an increase of 65%.

But the majority of that seems to be down to better reporting of bike theft.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says his police team were being stricter in how they recorded cycle thefts last year.

They listed 25 occasions when the crime occurred, up from 2 the previous year. At a rate of 11 bike thefts per thousand people, that puts us third highest in the country, behind Cambridge and Oxford.

Bike crime also had a knock-on effect on other statistics.

Burglaries from homes and businesses were up from 1 to 6 last year. Several of those were related to bikes being taken from properties, says Colin.

In December last year, the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner rejected a community fund application from a project aiming to provide bike locks and identity marking for bikes in Scilly.

Colin said the local police campaign focussing on this crime seems to be having an effect. The numbers are currently lower.

There were 11 cases of violence last year, the same as in 2012, and 15 incidents of criminal damage, up by 4.

But drug and public order offences were cut by half.

The figures show Scilly is still one of the safest places in the country to live, with a recorded crime rate of just 36 per 1,000 residents.

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