Crime in the Sutton area has risen compared to last year but the town’s top cops are fighting back with a number of operations in place.
Sgt Dean Dakin, of the Ashfield North Safer Neighbour-hood Team, presented a report to Ashfield District Council’s Sutton Area Committee on Monday, stating that crime in the area had risen by 8.2 per cent - or 78 crimes - from 1st April to 17th June, compared to the same period last year.
The Sutton beat with the biggest rise was the Central beat, which saw an increase of nearly 25 per cent during that time, or 47 crimes, up to a total of 240 crimes.
Shop thefts were mainly responsible for this rise and Sgt Dakin said that the force had launched Operation Dumetose to combat this, specifically targeting the top five offenders and hotspots.
There was also a spike in the number of crimes on the Sutton East beat, with an increase of 33 per cent, or 56 crimes, up to 227.
Much of this was down to autocrime, with 35 more offences than last year - a rise of 226 per cent.
The biggest issue is motorists leaving items on display and Operation Captivate has been put in place to combat this.
There have been a ‘significant number of arrests’ and PCSOs have issued 500 advisory letters to motorists who left items visible in their cars.
Sgt Dakin said that the operations are ‘reaping benefits’.
“Things are going in the right direction but it’s not perfect,” he said.