Crime continues to fall in county

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Crime is continuing to fall in Lancashire, with the latest statistics showing there were 5,322 fewer victims of crime in the county last year.

The final end of year statistics for April 2012 to March 2013 showed reductions across the majority of crime categories, despite crime already being at unprecedented low levels.

Overall, reports of crime fell by 5.5 per cent from 96,712 to 91,390 in comparison to the previous year.

Lancashire Constabulary is pleased to see that the figures show a 12.8 per cent reduction in drug offences, from 4,732 to 4,126 – 606 fewer crimes.

Criminal damage is also down by 12.2 per cent from 18,949 to 16,643 – a reduction of 2,306 victims – and robbery has reduced in Lancashire by 7.5 per cent from 679 offences to 628 – a reduction of 51 offences.

In addition, there were 196 less public order offences, with crimes falling 6.8 per cent, from 2,869 to 2,673 and 128 fewer victims of violence against the person, with offences falling 0.7 per cent from 18,659 to 18,531.

Theft offences also reduced with 2,088 fewer victims; a decrease of 4.4 per cent from 47,758 to 45,670.

The figures also show a 9.7 per cent reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents by 9,590 incidents – a reduction from 99,217 to 89,627.

As for detection rates, Lancashire was ranked seventh highest in England and Wales at 36 per cent, meaning there is a good chance that people committing crime will be caught.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “It is reassuring that, once again, there are fewer people becoming victims of crime in the county and our officers and staff are determined to see this trend continue.

“Despite the reductions, we are not complacent and we remain dedicated to keeping Lancashire’s communities safe, keeping levels of crime low and to delivering a high quality of service to victims of crime.

“We also recognise that communities themselves and partners play a significant role in crime reduction and prevention so we are grateful for their continued support too.”

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