CRIME has fallen in a village after a sudden wave of offences during the autumn.
Police stepped up patrols in Rowlands Castle after 26 reported crimes during October – including house burglaries, a pub and restaurant break-in, thefts from the local convenience shop and vandalism to cars.
Officers warned residents to be vigilant and to keep their property secure.
The last four weeks has seen a drop, with 12 reported crimes.
Steve Protheroe, the neighbourhood watch coordinator for Rowlands Castle, said: ‘It is pleasing to see that the reported crime figures have dropped significantly during the last four weeks.
‘The local police have maintained their increased patrols on our streets, and residents are aware of the importance of reporting all crimes, and suspicious activities on the 101 number. With this improved team work between police, neighbourhood watch members, and residents, I am sure that we will once again see Rowlands Castle return to its quiet and tranquil ways.’