Burnfoot crime ‘low’ despite rise in reports

A TOTAL of 89 calls were made to police from Burnfoot throughout the month of December.

Reporting at a meeting of Burnfoot Community Council this week, PC Steven Sutherland said this was up from 75 the previous the year – and represented the first increase in two years.

Although comprising mainly anti-social behaviour complaints, there were two incidents of vandalism to cars, three allegations of assault, and six calls regarding youth. There were no reported thefts.

Last month also saw a rise in the number of calls made to police, increasing up to 81 from 72 the previous year. And highlighting an unusual nine acts of vandalism being commited, PC Sutherland stated: “That is the highest year we’ve seen since I’ve taken over which is disappointing.”

There were no thefts throughout January, but the figures include four alleged assaults and eight youth calls.

But stressing that crime is still low on the estate, the officer added: “For an estate bigger than Jedburgh we are still averaging only two calls to the police a day, which we can’t grumble at.”