The night before last, Busybodies Childcare Centre next to the police station in Lower Galdeford was broken into. Fortunately, nothing was stolen though a door was badly damaged. The police response, when the crime was reported this morning, was swift. An officer came from Kidderminster and scene of crime officers were also dispatched to the site.
It is always bad when a crime occurs. People feel violated and less confident. Along with businesses, they are also hit in the pocket. It is a shame then, that Ludlow has a higher rate of crime per head than the rest of Shropshire.
Photos of the Busybodies break in (with thanks to Busybodies)
Busybodies alerted me to the burglary yesterday morning. By all coincidences, I had been crunching police crime data since the early hours in preparation for a future article. That data shows that we have 15% more crimes per head than the rest of Shropshire and 44% more burglaries. Antisocial behaviour is 20% higher.
We are a small town. The count of crimes is low, 3,152 in the last year in Ludlow compared to 68,756 in the rest of Shropshire. But this is 263 crimes per 1,000 head of population. That’s 15% higher than rest of the county, where there are 230 crimes per 1,000.
It will not be a surprise that the rate of crime is higher in some districts of bigger towns than here. But I was surprised that the ward I represent, Ludlow North, makes the top ten crime hotspots in Shropshire.
Ludlow North is way behind the leaders but it is still not a comfortable position to be in. Three crimes a day are reported in Ludlow.
Crime in Ludlow May 2015 to April 2018
We need more policing and must look at priorities. Helping Shropshire Council slap penalty charge notices on vehicles in the market square is certainly not a good use of scarce police resources.
. In this article, Ludlow is defined as the three Shropshire Council divisions of Ludlow East, Ludlow North and Ludlow South. Ludlow North and South include rural areas.