Crime Wednesday - City of Lincoln UK
If there is one thing that I find interesting about our weekly article ‘Crime Wednesday’ is the hour or so that one has to spend carrying out a little research on the area. Over the weeks since writing these articles I have started to gain a knowledge of towns which quite frankly would not mean that much to me as I go about my own life here in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.
I was amazed with Lincoln having such a wealth of history, learning that its cathedral spire was the tallest in Europe and even bettered the pyramids, before it fell down through one off the towns periods of decline.
The fact that lincoln has gone through its own periods of our modern day ‘Boom and Bust’ scenarios is the reason why most of the charm of its old buildings etc. amass tourism on a grand scale each year.
My reading has allowed me to understand the town is essentially split up in to two distinct areas. The lower and upper areas. The town had been built on a lime cliff and essentially created these two areas. The upper part (On the hill top) is classed as the more affluent area compared to the lower town area.
So lets see exactly what the crime figures have to say in a town with around 120’000 inhabitants.
Burglary, even though the figures show they are declining there is still at least 35 burglaries a month in the city centre area. most of these seem to be around the area south of the ‘University of Lincoln’. Earlier in the year burglary was up in the 50’s reported incidentsess a month so in one respect is it nice to see a decline in this area of crime.
Lincoln, has it fair share of more serious crime like robbery. On average there has been reports each month on robbery, some months as little as 2 reported incidents and then on some months as much as 6. They seem to be very sporadic around the town, perhaps that of an opportunist than ‘crims’ targeting a particular area.
Lincoln, as with most towns has its fair share of anti social behaviour, most of this seems to be in pockets around the ‘Old Drill Hall’ and just of the shopping street area by Wigford Way.
Drugs, seem to be remaining static at around 15 reported incidents a month, some months do go up to around 20 + reported incidents. For the size of the town however, I feel those figures are relatively low compared to some other towns I have had the pleasure on focusing on with ‘Crime Wednesday’.
Violent Crime sadly marks nearly 100 reported incidents a month this includes GBH and sexual crime. most of these incidents are around the Mall shopping centre part of the town. but again other than this part of the town there are reports sporadically around the whole city.
CCTV is deployed in the town centre helping the police keep abreast of what is happening. There is a strong Neighbourhood watch team centralised from the West Parade Police Station. Claire, Donna and Bob to name a few are all there to support the ever growing neighbourhood watch schemes, so please get in touch with that station or dial 101, ask to speak to these guys and get your neighbourhood watch scheme up and running or top up you're existing with all the news and gossip these schemes have to keeping your area safe and secure.
It has been a great joy writing about Lincoln on Crime Wednesday this week, there is fabulous history and as it has it, I know I have to be in that area in November sometime, so perhaps I should pop in and have a look around.
Catch up next week on Crime Wednesday and thanks for reading :-)
Written by Darrel Walters
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