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Friday 19 July 2013

Crime continues to fall in Cheshire


Figures released today by the British Crime Survey again show Cheshire is a safer place to live with a reduction of 4% in all recorded crime.
The figures reflect the period from April 2012 to March 2013 compared with April 2011 to March 2012. They reveal there are over 2,547 fewer victims of crime compared to the same period the year before.
Burglary is again down, this time by 11%, showing that the Constabulary is continuing its commitment to tackling this type of crime as well as helping residents to keep their homes safe.

Robbery is also down by 12% highlighting the determination to bring to justice those who have targeted the county as well as its dedication to carrying out ongoing operations to prevent cross border crime.

While the Constabulary has seen a reduction across the board, it has seen a rise in the reporting of violence against the person without injury. The Constabulary is committed to encouraging victims of domestic violence and harassment to report issues to the police and this category reflects the work we are undertaking in this respect. It is also a reflection of these victims feeling confident in reporting this type of crime and the Constabulary taking action.

Criminal damage has also seen a fall in numbers by 11%.

Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie said: "Once again it is pleasing to see that the figures reflect our commitment to ensure crime continues to fall in Cheshire."
ACC Purdie continued: "We are encouraged that victims of domestic violence and race crime have faith in us and the confidence to come forward. We will continue to take this type of crime very seriously and will support the victims every step of the way.

"It is particularly pleasing to see that there has been a reduction in violence against the person with injury. This type of crime encompasses extreme violence so to see that this has been on the decline is reassuring both to us and the community.

"I am also pleased to see a fall in household burglary, which we know can have a profound impact on victims and can affect their quality of life.
"Our officers and staff work hard and remain committed to reducing crime and bringing to justice those prolific offenders who are responsible for committing a significant proportion of the burglaries reported."

ACC Purdie added: "The reduction in criminal damage, is partly due to the good work our PCSOs and beat managers do out in the areas and their involvement in the community along with our partners such as the council and schools.

"We also make ourselves accessible to the public in many ways including attending large events where we promote crime prevention and encourage people to report crime in their community to ensure that we are tackling the issues that matter to you.

"We will build on the successes and continue to explore effective ways of working to improve our service and prove our commitment to making you safe and feel safe."

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