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There were 59 more reported crimes in Bingham last year — an increase of nearly 30% — according to latest police figures.

The statistics, released by Nottinghamshire Police, show there were 279 crimes reported between April 2007 and March this year, compared with 220 in the previous 12 months, an increase of 27%.

The largest increase was in the number of house burglaries, which more than doubled, from 13 to 27, and the number of other burglaries, including commercial premises, sheds and garages, from 11 to 23.

The number of wounding offences rose from 20 to 28, and incidents of criminal damage increased by four, from 70 to 74.

Vehicle crime, thefts from or of vehicles, also went up from 17 to 20, and cases of vehicle interference rose by two, from seven to nine.

There were two reports of robbery — one more incident than the previous year.

Bingham’s beat manager Pc John Kneale said burglaries from homes and commercial premises were responsible for almost half the increase and could largely be attributed to a spate of burglaries late last year.

He said: “Officers are still investigating these burglaries and are collating evidence against a known criminal.

“However, this is no reason to be complacent and Bingham Police will continue to raise awareness around burglary and offer security advice.

“I would also urge the public to remain vigilant, particularly as the lighter nights and warmer weather makes residents more inclined to leave windows and doors open.

“Homeowners must ensure they lock up garden sheds, ensure their properties remain secure during the summer months and report any suspicious activity to the police.”

The current priorities for Bingham Police, which have been set out by the Bingham Safer Neighbourhood Group, are anti-social and drink related behaviour, illegal parking and burglaries.

Pc Kneale said: “Other crimes areas in Bingham have seen small and modest increases.

“This is as a result of the hard work officers have been doing with local communities and key vulnerable groups to help tackle issues which affect them.

“As a result of the increased confidence in policing more people are now reporting incidents, such as assaults and criminal damage, which in the past might have been left unreported.”

The police figures show there were 3,327 crimes reported in Rushcliffe South, which also covers Radcliffe, Cotgrave, Cropwell Bishop, East Bridgford and surrounding villages, in the year up to April — 186 fewer than the previous year.

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