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Crime falls in Worcestershire
10:30am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
CRIME in Worcestershire has dropped by more than 10 per cent in the past six months.
Figures released by West Mercia last week show crime across the North Worcestershire region has decreased by 10.1 per cent from 8,050 to 7,239 since April in comparison with the same period last year.
Domestic burglary went up by 16.7 per cent with 336 recorded offences compared to 288 at this time last year, but 42 per cent of those have been solved, up 12.8 per cent on last year.
Violence against the person with injury offences has decreased with 706 recorded incidents compared to 828 last year, a decrease of 14.7 per cent.
There was a marginal increase in robbery with 55 recorded incidents compared to 53 last year – an increase of 4 per cent.
There were 6,277 incidents of antisocial behaviour compared to 6,744 or 6.9 per cent fewer than last year and satisfaction with the police was recorded at 87.8 per cent.
Superintendent Kevin Purcell said: “North Worcestershire remains a safe place to live, work and play.
“Our performance has again been strong this quarter with good performance in most areas.
“Domestic burglary is an area where we have considerable challenges, in order to ensure we carry on the strong performance we have had in recent years.
“Much of our recent success in driving crime out has been with the dual focus of greater patrol and response to public concerns when suspicious vehicles or people are seen.
“As we look forward to our next few months there is a real push on visibility and even greater time spent on patrol. This I am sure will mean that we continue to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore welcomed the news.
“It proves that cutting crime remains the force’s focus despite the significant funding challenges we face,” he said.
“However, we must not become complacent. I know that there is still a lot of work to do in instilling confidence in local policing, especially in our more rural areas.
“I will continue to work closely with the chief constable and I am currently drawing up two strategies to help us tackle rural and business crime.”
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