VEHICLE crime has gone up 50 per cent in Newton Abbot over the past year, it has been revealed.
Inspector David Hammond revealed the news when he attended Newton Abbot Town Council finance and resources committee meeting earlier this month.
He said that, overall, crime numbers had risen to 1,059 offences in 2012, compared to 1,011 in 2011.
At the meeting, he revealed that serious inquisitive offences, such as burglary, had decreased by 33 per cent but other thefts had increased by 30 per cent.
He said vehicle theft had increased by 50 per cent and stated the majority of these thefts were catalytic convertors from car trade premises.
He said he was also pleased to report drug offences had reduced and work on anti-social behaviour had resulted in a 79 per cent satisfaction rating across the force area with a target of 80 per cent.
Insp Hammond said Newton Abbot was, overall, a safe town to live in.
He reminded the committee that building works were being carried out at Newton Abbot police station, which would result in the scenes of crime unit relocating from Paignton to Newton Abbot.