100 crimes reported in Cleethorpes' Haverstoe Ward in seven weeks
ONE hundred crimes were reported in one North East Lincolnshire ward in just seven weeks.
Between July 24 and September 12 there were 91 reported crimes in the Haverstoe Ward in Cleethorpes and nine incidents of anti-social behaviour.
And while compared to the same time last year, the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour has decreased by 19, the number of crimes has risen by 14.
The report was read out at the latest Haverstoe Community Forum during which ward councillor for Haverstoe, Keith Brookes, said it was the worst he had ever heard.
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He said: "I have sat at these types of meetings for years and that is the worst report I have ever listened to.
"Maybe the statistics haven't always been available in the past or maybe it is a blip, but it is concerning."
PCSO Steve Sutton said the figures were in line with last year and that many of the crimes – the majority of which were theft – could have been prevented by people taking preventative measures like securing their possessions better.
Now, the Haverstoe Community Forum is investigating whether a Neighbourhood Watch can be launched to help be "the eyes and ears" for the four PCSOs who look after the area.
In total there were six non-dwelling thefts, three thefts from homes, 11 thefts from vehicles, six thefts from shops, 16 other thefts, 18 incidents of criminal damage and two forgeries – including a son who had used his mother's credit card to buy items online without her giving permission for the transactions.
Among the incidents reported was a woman who paid money for a puppy sold online but did not receive her pet; nine walls were damaged along Seaford Road and the items stolen included a milk churn, iron, manhole covers and an empty keg of beer.
At the Magical Castle, Meridian Point, police were called after a member of staff stole £115 from the till over a period of three shifts, and a gang of youths were spotted walking around while naked in Haverstoe Park.
Of the thefts from cars, seven of them were left unlocked and of the bike thefts, five were not secure.
PCSO Sutton said: "If people had secured their belongings this would have reduced our crime.
"These two months have highlighted some areas and the police will concentrate more on them.
"We are out all the time offering crime prevention to areas that have been victims of crime and if you do witness anyone carrying out a crime ring us on the 101 number.
"There are only four of us and it is a massive area.
"We need you to be the eyes and ears for us and ring in so we know where to patrol.
"We need your continued support to help us manage the crimes coming in."