More than 950 wheelie bins were reported stolen in Sunderland last year, councillors have heard.
On July 19, Sunderland City Council’s (SCC) scrutiny co-ordinating committee heard the latest Sunderland crime statistics for the 2017/18 year.
Figures showed a 31 per cent rise on the previous year – an additional 7,617 crimes – which was mainly linked to violence against a person without injury and public disorder.
However, a council report stated previous SCC policy to charge residents for replacement wheelie bins (unless they were reported to police) was having a “big impact upon crime levels in Sunderland”.
Although the authority brought in this policy in October 2017, the committee heard residents could still be reporting stolen bins expecting to get a free replacement.
Northumbria Police’s Superintendent Paul Milner, speaking at Sunderland Civic Centre, confirmed bin thefts accounted for almost 3 per cent of total crime in Sunderland in 2017/18.
In year up to March 2018, a total of 956 bins were reported stolen – a rise on around 800 the previous year.
Currently, SCC charges £25 to replace any bin that is stolen, lost or damaged beyond repair and only offers a free replacement for bins damaged by the council during collection.
Chairman of the committee, Coun Dianne Snowdon, asked for this information on updated policy to be circulated to all councillors in future.