Crime Wednesday – The City of Bath – Somerset,
Hi All and welcome to another edition of Crime Wednesday and today we are going to have a look at the City of Bath.
To the outsider when we are asked about Bath what springs to mind in the Roman Baths of Bath. Apparently, this is the only place in the UK that natural spring water sinks far enough down through the lime stone that is gets warmed to nearly 100 degrees centigrade by the time it reaches the surface.
The average population of bath is around 90’000.00 people and was promoted at one time as the largest city outside London.
It is great to see that a lot of Bath original architecture is Grade One Listed and places like ‘The Royal Cresent’, ‘The Circus’ are all fine examples of Georgian Architecture.
The city is finding itself more and more relying on tourism and IT based businesses, as most of the of the natural industry of manufacturing is on the decline.
Historically some important figures have lived in Bath, the likes of Jane Austin lived there for some time during the early 1800’s It is said also that Charles Dickens ‘Pickwick Papers’ commented on the waters of the Baths
Looking at the crime in the city it is pleasing to see that Burglaries are on the decline in the last 2 months burglaries has declined to less than what was reported in a month a couple of months back. September only saw 9 Burgualires reported in Bath.
Serious crime like Robbery is not prolific in the city, there are a few reported incidences nearly every month. The most so far this year has only been three in a month. Last month saw a Robbery at Sainsbury just off Stanier Road. In the same month there was a report of violent crime at the same location and it may be that the Robbery and this Violent crime report could be linked.
September saw over 55 reported incidents of Violent crime in the city. Most of these seem to be in the James Street area of the city accumulating over 10 of the Violent Crime reported incidents.
An amazing amount of shoplifting is present in the town, in fact it seems out of all the ‘Crime Wednesdays’ I have done I don’t think I have seen it this high, well over 60 reported incidents a month and obvious, most of these are in the City Centre Manvers Street.
There is a little on the drugs scene in the city about ten reported incidents a month, with well over 80’000 people in the city probably this does not seem that much, which is great news.
With the amount of crime in general in the city, PC Plod are really pushing to clear them up as quickly as possible. In most cases each month the Police are charging well over 60 suspects a month.
Bath has a strong Neighbourhood watch team based out of the Manvers Police Station. Inspector Steven Mildren sits at the top in the station with his Sergeant Chris Clark looking after the constables. Obviously dial 101 should you need to have a chat or get involved in Bath’s Neighbourhood watch schemes.
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