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Gravesham drug offence spike down to better reporting, say Kent Police
A SPIKE of more than a third in recorded drug offences in Gravesham is down to more crimes being reported, according to Kent Police.
The 35.8 per cent rise in the figure for the 2012 to 2013 financial year compared to a year before saw 292 offences reported - 77 more than for April 2011 to March 2012.
This compares to an increase of just 4.6 per cent in Dartford which saw 226 drug crimes reported compared to 216 the year before.
There was also a nearly 30 per cent rise in home burglaries in Gravesham and a 21.6 per cent increase in theft from cars as part of an overall spike of 6.2 per cent in all recorded crime compared to a three per cent fall in Dartford.
Kent Police north Kent drugs liaison officer PC Adrian Parsons said: "Thanks to new access points it is easier than ever before for members of the public to report crimes to Kent Police.
"As a result, we have noticed a rise in the number of drugs offences - which can range from a professional operation cultivating hundreds of cannabis plants to someone smelling drug use walking down a street - reported to us in the last financial year in Gravesham.
Recorded crime figures for Dartford and Gravesham.
"For the 292 drug offences reported to us, all but 14 have been detected. This means the offender has been located and dealt with, either through the court process, through the use of a caution or through restorative justice.
"Drug problems are extremely serious and can have a negative impact on a community, making residents feel intimidated and uncomfortable in their own homes.
"Kent Police takes positive, robust and appropriate action to tackle the issue and take all reports seriously.
"I believe our actions send a clear message to those who use and attempt to supply drugs in the district: you will be arrested and could well be charged and sent to prison.
"I would urge anybody who is concerned about drugs in their community to report problems or suspicions to Kent Police on 101, or 999 if it is an emergency or a crime is in progress."
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