Crime still falling in county
FIGURES released by Suffolk Constabulary today show that crime is continuing to fall in the county. The latest statistics show that in the first six months of this year (April - September 2008), overall crime fell by 6.
FIGURES released by Suffolk Constabulary today show that crime is continuing to fall in the county.
The latest statistics show that in the first six months of this year (April - September 2008), overall crime fell by 6.1pc compared to the same period last year (April - September 2007).
As well as crime levels falling, the number of crimes solved by Suffolk Constabulary has risen.
The figures show:
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Overall crime dropped by 6.1pc;
Violent crime fell by 5.4pc;
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Vehicle crime fell by 14pc;
Criminal damage fell by 7.5pc;
Burglary (dwelling) fell by 8.3pc;
Burglary (other) fell by 17pc;
The detection rate improved by 4pc to 33.55pc.
In total, 8,049 crimes were solved - an extra 499 crimes compared to the same period in 2007/08.
Assistant Chief Constable, Gary Kitching, said: This is an extremely encouraging set of figures, showing we have built on our strong performance last year, when overall crime fell by more than 5pc.
“The first six months of this year have seen 305 fewer violent offences, a reduction of 71 homes broken into and burgled, and 379 fewer vehicles crimes.
“In fact, crime has fallen across the board. In September this year, Suffolk experienced its lowest crime rate for the last 7 years. This shows a sustained, long-term improvement in the safety of Suffolk and reflects the dedication and commitment the officers and staff of the Constabulary have shown during a particularly challenging period.
“There has been an increase in drug offences. The number of drug offences recorded increased by 11pc from 995 to 1100. However, this is due to the Constabulary's pro-active approach to drug enforcement and serves as a warning to anyone dealing in drugs in Suffolk that they will be caught and prosecuted.
“Whilst these results are extremely encouraging, we will not be complacent. The Constabulary is committed to not only reducing crime even further, but to also tackling the fear of crime in the county's communities.
“The views of residents are vital in helping us shape the way Suffolk is policed in the future. Public meetings held countywide recently, gave residents an opportunity to raise local concerns with chief officers and members of the Police Authority. One particular area highlighted by residents, which is already a key priority for the Constabulary, is that of the night-time economy and associated crime. Tackling offences such as anti-social behaviour, violence and criminal damage associated with the night-time economy is a challenge and will remain a key priority for the Constabulary. We want to deliver the best possible policing service to the people of Suffolk and for them to have trust and faith in what we do.
“Increased partnership working and an increased presence of community policing through Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be a key factor in achieving this.”