THE crime rate in Ellesmere Port and Neston has fallen by 116 offences in the last year.
The 2% drop covers the period from September 2007 to August 2008, and is comparable to the same period the previous year.
But the fall is slower than Cheshire as a whole, which has experienced a drop of 8% in that period, or 6,894 fewer crimes.
The figures were revealed in a report sent out by Cheshire Police Authority in preparation for their Ellesmere Port & Neston “Have Your Say” meeting on Monday (October 27).
It takes place at Neston Town Hall, in High Street, from 7pm.
The report says domestic burglary in the borough has fallen by 4% - a drop of 14 such crimes.
Violent crime is down by 3% – 58 less such crimes – while criminal damage is down by an incredible 14%, or 281 less crimes.
However, the report also shows that car crime has risen in the same period by 5%, which equates to 36 more such crimes.
Meanwhile, the detection rate for all crime for the same period for the Western Area (Ellesmere Port & Neston, Chester and Vale Royal), has increased by 1% over the last year.
The performance rates for detectives is:
Domestic burglary – this year 19.5%; last year 24.4%.
Violent crime – this year 47.5%; last year 49.7%.
Car crime – this year 11.4%; last year 15.9%.
Criminal damage – this year 13.1%; last year 13.3%.
The “Have Your Say” meeting (formerly the Police Forum) is open to all members of the public who want to put questions to senior officers with Cheshire police.
Chairman Michael Darby said: “These meetings are an important way to influence how policing services are delivered. We’ll be asking people what their priorities are for policing which will help us to decide the objectives for the Chief Constable next year.
“There will also be a chance to find out about how people can get more involved in making their communities safer by volunteering to help the Constabulary. There will be a talk about community volunteering opportunities and the work of the Special Constabulary.
“These meetings allow people from across Ellesmere Port and Neston to have a say and to make a difference so it is vitally important they come along.”