Crime levels in the borough have dropped for a sixth consecutive year, despite violent crimes spiking nearly 30 per cent.

Figures released this week by the Elmbridge Community Safety Partnership showed crime down by 7.8 per cent between April and December 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.

Antisocial behaviour reports borough-wide are down by 11.5 per cent compared with the previous year, despite West Molesey suffering an increase of 26 per cent of incidents of that nature.

Sarah Milligan, Elmbridge neighbourhood inspector, said: “The Elmbridge teams continue to work relentlessly in response to all incidents reported across the borough. While we recognise that there has been an increase in violence offences in recent weeks, we are keen to ensure that people continue to feel safe.

“The rise is due to a number of factors such as an increase in reporting, particularly around domestic abuse, and a busy Christmas and new year period, which often sees an escalation in public order offences.

“A force-wide domestic abuse campaign starts this week which is aimed at encouraging reporting so that we can intervene early. Likewise, work is ongoing with licensed premises to ensure that we minimise offending in public places and people can enjoy safe and pleasant nights out.”

Insp Milligan said in response to antisocial behaviour calls, officers in West Molesey have conducted increased patrols and are working with partner agencies and residents to identify problems and ensure the quality of life of the community is improved.

To report a crime, call Surrey Police on 101 or in an emergency, 999.