Town no longer in top six for crime
ST AUSTELL is no longer in the top six of a Cornwall Council list of crime hotspots.
The council's Safer Cornwall community safety partnership carries out assessments on a six-monthly basis.
New figures to identify the six priority towns are based on annual figures for 2011-12.
A matrix is used to identify these, which takes into account not only crime and disorder figures but also underlying issues like health, education, poverty and worklessness.
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The most recent statistics show that even though some crime categories have increased in St Austell, other towns had seen greater increases so the risk in St Austell has reduced relative to other areas.
Falmouth and Liskeard overtook St Austell and Penzance, bumping them both out of the top six priority towns.
In terms of scoring from the matrix, St Austell scored a higher risk than the Cornwall average in two key areas: adult offenders and dwelling burglary. Liskeard and Looe had seven higher risk areas and Falmouth and Penryn had four.
So, whereas Falmouth and Liskeard are seen as increasing risk, St Austell is seen as reducing.
Cornwall Council's community safety officer David George said the figures do not reflect any impact the Safer St Austell scheme may have achieved since it began in April.
"There is not a lot of good news in the figures but they are historical," he said. "I believe that it is too early to draw any conclusions from the Safer St Austell initiative and underlines the need to continue our multi-agency approach to these issues."