“Criminals aren’t welcome in Castle Point” – that’s from the district’s top police officer as figures show crime fell and more crime was solved in 2023.
There were 590 fewer crimes in here last year, a drop of nearly 10 percent.
Violent, sexual, and domestic offences all fell, while there have also been fewer burglaries and incidents of criminal damage.
2023 also saw nearly 360 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour – a drop of 35 percent.
And we solved more crimes than in 2022.
In the last month alone work by our officers led to a man jailed for breaking into more than 20 cars, a persistent Canvey Island shoplifter jailed for two years, two teenagers sentenced over a robbery, and a man charged over a burglary and a theft of a car.
Chief Inspector Paul Hogben, District Commander for Castle Point, said:
“Crime is falling and we’re solving more offences.
“This is testament to the hard work my officers are doing every day and the work we’re doing with our partners.
“Through 2023 we have listened to our communities and set up dedicated problem-solving operations to tackle the issues you tell us are affecting you.
“We are working with partners, including Castle Point Borough Council and Morrisons to make it more difficult for people to partake in antisocial and dangerous driving around Ross Common Way.
“We have increased our presence and enforcement in the area. This has lead to a 34% reduction in nuisance vehicle calls in Castle Point.
“I also personally met with residents of Linden Way, Canvey, following a spate of shed burglaries in the area. We spoke at length to identify any missed investigative opportunities and how we could put them right, and how my team could support residents to prevent further offending.
“Thanks to the police and the community working together we were able to get a suspect arrested, charged, convicted and in prison, within days.
“Our Community Policing Team launched Operation Green Space in the summer, increasing our visibility in parks and open spaces, engaging with those using the spaces and dealing robustly with any issues they encountered. And across Rochford and Castle Point my Operation Falcon Team have been systematically dismantling Organised Crime Groups, ensuring long term prison sentences for those causing the most harm in our district.
“But we’re not complacent, we know there’s still more we can do. In 2024 we will be focussing on one of our biggest priorities right now, which is to tackle the increase in thefts of motor vehicles across the district.
“We know the impact this has on people and are working incredibly hard, both in terms of visible patrols in hotspot areas, but also more covert measures, which we are confident will lead us to those responsible. We will also continue to target people supplying drugs in the area, as well as building on the success we have achieved in 2023, to make sure the reductions we have seen are maintained”.