A LARGE drop in thefts of copper and catalytic converters across Hampshire has been welcomed by the MP for the Meon Valley.
There was a 41 per cent reduction in copper stolen across the Hampshire Constabulary area in the 2012/13 financial year in comparison with 2011/12.
Thefts of catalytic converters plunged 48 per cent over the same time period. There was a rise in lead thefts.
George Hollingbery recently met Hampshire Chief Constable Andy Marsh to discuss wider national policing issues and his concerns about rural crime.
He said: ‘These figures largely show that Hampshire Constabulary is getting to grips with tackling metal theft – an offence that has been a real scourge in my consistency along with other forms of rural crime.
‘The statistics come on the back of a very constructive meeting with Andy who made it clear that tackling rural crime and speeding in villages were a priority for the force and that is great news.
‘Although there has been an overall rise in metal theft this year due, I believe, to better recording, I’m still convinced the police are starting to win this battle.’