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Further drop in crime is welcome news for local communities

Further drop in crime is welcome news for local communities Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) respond to another fall in crime statistics

Today’s data from the Independent Office of National Statistics shows a nine per-cent decrease in overall crime compared to last year, continuing the downward trend seen in recent years.

Reported crime has dropped to 3.7 million offences - the lowest levels since 2002/03. Although the overall statistics are good news, nationally ‘theft from the person’ showed a nine per-cent increase.

Responding to these welcome statistics, Tony Lloyd, Chairman of the APCC Board and Greater Manchester PCC said; "

 The fact that crime levels are down to record low levels will be welcome news to local communities. It is a tribute to the police service that during a period of unprecedented change and difficult decisions to balance force budgets, our fundamental public service has not been deflected from their key goal - cutting crime.

“Police and Crime Commissioners are working closely with Chief Constables to help cut crime. Many are recruiting more police officers and investing in mobile technology to reduce bureaucracy and keep our crime fighters out on the street.

“My colleagues and I are concerned about the increase of ‘theft from the person’. Mobile phone theft is a particularly problem for young people. We are working hard to put in place measures to improve services offered to victims and to protect the vulnerable from those who would prey on them.”

In Avon and Somerset overall crime is down 14%.

 

Posted on Thursday 18th July 2013
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