Unexpected fall in crime is welcomed

A SIGNIFICANT improvement in the level of crime and vandalism has been welcomed by Market Rasen businesses and organisations.

Crime hot spots, like the town’s schools, churches and sports facilities have in pervious years often become the target of vandals during the light summer evenings.

But this year the number of reported crimes in Market Rasen has dropped during the summer months and trouble hotspots have been quiet.

Vandals have previously targeted Market Rasen’s De Aston School during the holiday period – often smashing windows and destroying property.

And the town’s High Ropes Adventure centre, in Legsby Road, has always faced problems with people who trespass onto the site, 
vandalise equipment and risk their lives climbing on the course.

But incredibly, the troublemakers have stayed away from these and other hot spots this summer.

The latest police figures show crime in Market Rasen in July was down 32 per 
cent on the same month the previous year.

And the number of anti social behaviour incidents during June and July has seen a significant drop from 51 in 2011 to just 33 in 2012.

High Ropes Adventure instructor Sam Woodings said: “We’ve had no-one on the site, no damage, no burglaries – it’s great.”

Sam thinks the drop in incidents is down to an article the Rasen Mail ran at the end of last year warning vandals to stay away from the site.

He said: “Last year we had incidents every two or three weeks and it’s all completely stopped since the article.

“It’s the longest period we’ve had without any incidents – and the site opened in 1995.”

De Aston School assistant headteacher Steve Bunney said: “We’ve had fencing in place since Easter and it’s certainly improving the security of the buildings.

“It’s been nothing like we’ve had over the last few years.

“It’s the first time in a long time we haven’t had any incidents over the summer.”

Market Rasen Methodist Church steward Geoff Smith says he is “thankful” the church has not been targeted either.

Market Rasen Police were not available to comment on the recent drop in crime when the Rasen Mail went to print.