“Epping Forest is a bad place for criminals but a great place for our community” – that’s from the district’s top police officer as figures show crime fell and more crime was solved in 2023.
There were 500 fewer crimes in here last year, that’s 500 fewer victims.
Violent, sexual, and domestic offences all fell, while there have also been fewer incidents of criminal damage.
2023 also saw 460 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour – a drop of 31 percent.
And we solved nearly 80 more crimes than in 2022.
In the last month alone work by our officers let to a member of an organised crime group jailed for 13 years, two men jailed for a total of 26 years over a shooting in Waltham Abbey, a man charged with 22 shoplifting offences in Debden, and four people arrested and stolen car parts recovered in Epping.
Chief Inspector Tina Cooper, District Commander for Epping Forest, 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.
“In 2023 we’ve really focussed ensuring we’re engaging with our communities, making sure we’re visiting victims of burglary and vehicle theft, and highlighting crime prevention advice around fraud.
“We’ve carried out focussed activities to tackle domestic violence, burglary, robbery, anti-social behaviour and a range of other crimes we know are important to you.
“But we’re not complacent, we know there’s still more we can do.
“In 2024 you’ll see my officers at events like Park Run, improving their times and improving our engagement with our communities.
“We’ll be targeting burglary and car crime, because I know the impact this has on you, and violent crime – particularly domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.
“We can only do this as a community so please do come and talk to my officers at any of our Coffee with Cops and Walk With Us events and local meetings or when you see them on patrol.”
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