VIOLENT offences and car crime have risen in Ellesmere Port, although overall crime rates are dropping.
The “significant rise” coincides with successful initiatives elsewhere in the town.
Recently this has included recovering thousands of pounds of drugs from borough homes and arresting prolific yobs.
Inspector Richard Rees told Ellesmere Port’s “Have Your Say” (formerly Police Forum) meeting: “Our overall crime figures have seen a steady reduction over the years and are still in a downward trend.
“But it isn’t possible to pat ourselves on the back as the figures for May and June this year saw a significant rise in violent crime and vehicle offices.
“One of the many benefits of having neighbourhood policing is that local officers can know who is responsible for offences on their patch.
“Then they can put initiatives in place and deal with any spike (rise) in offences.”
Insp Rees outlined two examples of the good work police have been doing behind the scenes to target serious offenders.
He said: “In the last five days we did 11 warrants and in one house got a total of £3,500 worth of crack cocaine.
“We have also recovered £1,500 in cash, cannabis, a significant quantity of cannabis plants, golf clubs, jewellery and a widescreen TV from homes.”
Insp Rees outlined another operation which involved plain clothes and uniformed officers, in cars and on bikes, staying up till 5am to target vehicle offenders and other criminals.
He said of its results: “Three people – all under 18 – were arrested recently. One has an ASBO and is awaiting trial.
“One has been charged with four burglaries in Ellesmere Port, Neston and Chester, and has asked for 15 vehicle offences to be taken into consideration. He is also awaiting trial.
“And there was a violent individual who is now serving an eight-month sentence. He’s going to court for us to put an ASBO on him when he comes out of custody.”