Lincolnshire Police: crime down in Rasen

Market Rasen Police office EMN-170227-111143001
Market Rasen Police office EMN-170227-111143001

Market Rasen residents may have complained about rising crime - but Lincolnshire Police say overall reported levels in in the town have declined.

Residents have raised concerns on social media about what they think is an increase in offences.

One resident, who did not want to be named, approached the Mail to say muggings had taken place in the town and has ‘gone under the radar’.

In addition, Rasen-based PCSO Neil Harrison has reported an increase in thefts from sheds and outbuildings in the area, advising people to step up any security measures.

Writing on Lincs Alert, PCSO Harrison said: “We have experienced a recent increase in the incidents involving thefts from sheds and outbuildings and attempted thefts from this type of storage area.

“Please take the earliest opportunity to assess the security of your outbuilding and if possible consider fitting such items as a shed bar.”

Hwoever, police have stressed that while there had been a spate of shed thefts, there are less offences for similar incidents 12 months ago.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “We provide crime prevention advice at different times of the year.

“With the darker evenings, we often provide security advice for sheds and other outbuildings.

“We have seen fewer offences of this type of theft than this time last year. “

The spokesman went on to confirm that the overall figure for crimes reported in Rasen had declined and said that was through ‘targeted patrols and good community relations.’

Referring to the alleged muggings, the spokesman said: “We have an incident reported to us on the 20 January where a man reported having his Chinese takeaway meal taken from him while he was punched.

“This is reported as happening in Bell playing field in James Bridge Street between 8.15 – 8.30 pm.

“No one has been arrested in connection with this report.

“We do not have any other reports of robberies in the area at all.”