Crime rates fall

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CRIME is continuing to fall in Lancashire, with the latest statistics showing there were 3,160 fewer victims of crime in the county last year.

The final end of year statistics for April 2011 – March 2012 show that Lancashire Constabulary saw reductions across the majority of different crime categories, despite crime already being at unprecedented low levels.

Overall, reports of crime fell by 3.1 per cent from 102,496 to 99,336.

There were 635 fewer victims of serious acquisitive crime, with reports falling 4.8 per cent, from 13,188 incidents to 12,553.

Burglary in a dwelling figures have been at a 30 year low – and now they have dropped even further, with 89 fewer people who reported burglaries in their homes last year. This is a further reduction of 2 per cent (4,367 offences to 4,278), which has been achieved, in part, through force-wide Operation Julius, aimed at preventing crime, targeting criminals and detecting burglaries.

Vehicle crime reduced with 519 fewer victims; a decrease of six per cent from 8,114 incidents to 7,595.

Criminal damage reports are also down 8 per cent from 20,626 incidents to 18,978 - a reduction of 1,648 fewer victims.

Robbery was down 3.8 per cent from 707 offences to 680 offences – a reduction of 27 offences.

All violent crime reduced by 2.9 per cent from 24,168 offences to 23,475 offences – meaning there were 693 fewer victims.

Racially aggravated crime was down 1.8 per cent from 604 to 593 offences (11 fewer victims). Hate crime reduced by 9.4 per cent from 1094 to 991 offences with 103 fewer victims.

Incidents of violence with injury rose by 5.8 per cent, up from 10,048 offences to 11,013 offences.

The figures also show that 89 per cent of those surveyed are confident in Lancashire Constabulary as a whole, and 85 percent of those surveyed who the police deal with are satisfied with the service provided to them.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan, Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Crime in the county is low and once again we have seen a reduction in the number of incidents being reported to us – which means fewer people are falling victim to crime.

“Our officers and staff remain dedicated to keeping Lancashire and its residents safe; our commitment to providing a first-class service to the communities of the county is unwavering.”

He added: “However, as residents will be aware, the constabulary has had to make a number of cuts over the past year, and we anticipate more in the future, so we have a challenge ahead of us. Despite this, keeping levels of crime low in Lancashire, and hence keeping people safe from harm, will remain our focus.”