Avon & Somerset Police have reported that crime at this year's Glastonbury Festival was particularly low due to - we reckon - the criminals' debilitating fear of mud!
There were 133 reported crimes (excluding drug offences) over the weekend, which is down from 188 during last year’s event. There were 195 reported drug offences, two robberies and 19 reports of theft from the person – down 60 per cent on 2004. There were just 16 reported vehicle crimes, which is quite impressive when you consider there were 45,000 cars and vans on site.
Commenting on the impressively low crime rates, police spokesman Supt Adrian Coombs said: “We are very pleased with how the festival has run this year. Police, GFL [Glastonbury Festivals Limited] and Mendip District Council have spent many months preparing for the event and it has certainly paid off. It particularly pleases me to see crime reduce by one third again and it emphasises what a safe event the Glastonbury Festival is. Every year we have a debrief from every agency on site and we will no doubt still have some learning points from Glastonbury 2005. When the event applies for its licence again in 2007 we will no doubt be looking to reduce crime still further and work with all partner agencies to ensure the festival’s success in the future.”
Insiders say the increasingly strict ticketing regulations instigated by Glastonbury organisers and their partner promoters Mean Fiddler have helped to cut on site crime in recent years. As it gets increasingly hard to get onto the Glastonbury site without a genuine ticket the number of people who go to the event with casual crime in mind has fallen dramatically.