Crime Wednesday - Kings Lynn
It is safe to say, I have popped my head into Kings Lynn a few times over the last 20 years or so. I have a dear friend that used to live in Pembrokeshire and moved over to Kings Lynn must have been at least back in the mid 90’s.
Reading up a little history on the town, it to, seems to have had highs and lows in its life, but not so surprisingly was regarded as a very fine port a few 100 years ago, and trade was prolific for the town.
Amazed to read in wiki that going back a few hundred years a young boy and his sister was hanged in the town for stealing a loaf of bread. At the time it was considered the right thing to do to set and example to others. (glad times have changed).
Further research sees the town as undervalued for its level of trade and education, the times I have been up there I remember popping into a few pubs in the town centre and also taking a walk along the river, on a very cold winters day when the wind was in the North.
Tescos and Sainsbury seems to be fighting for pole position in getting their stores in the town or the surrounding areas, promising new roads and £millions in assisted redevelopment for the town. Sad perhaps to think that the survival of a town relies on how much the likes of Tescos and other stores invest so they can gain market share and for you to spend more of your money in their store and not in the small shops. Is that what councils are meant to do!
So baring in mind that Kings Lynn used to hang people for theft, lets see how the theft in the town is these days.
Burglary has spiked in October to high of 8 reported incidents. The most this year was in January at the start of 2012 with nearly 15 reported incidents. On average, however, it seems to be around half a dozen on average per month of burglaries.
Most of the burglaries seem to be around the town centre. Not dissimilar to the amount of anti social behaviour and again dotted around the town centre seems to be the norm. On average there is at least over 150 recorded incidents of Anti Social Behaviour in the town every month.
Its great to see however, the town does not have a high robbery rate. Some months go by without a hint of robbery and then on the odd month you get one or two reported incidents. One of these incidents in July was reported in Reid Way.
Again the town has a little of a drugs scene with around 10 to 12 reports every month.
Shop lifting sees a good 10 to 15 reported incidents a month and it is truly a good job that you can’t be hanged for that anymore, other wise there would be a lot of people swinging, or perhaps, there would be no crime. I will let you decide the answer to that :-)
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