Crime continues to fall across county

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Crimeis continuing to fall in Lancashire, with the latest statistics showing there were 4,088 fewer victims of crime in the county last year.

The final end of year statistics for July 2012 to June 2013 showed reductions across the majority of crime categories.

Overall, reports of crime fell by 4.3 per cent from 95,692 to 91,604 in comparison to the previous year.

Lancashire Constabulary is pleased to see that the figures show a 17.4 per cent reduction in drug offences, from 4,793 to 3,961 – 832 fewer crimes.

Criminal damage is also down by 9 per cent from 18,232 to 16,589 – 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 220 less public order offences, with crimes falling 7.8 per cent, from 2,838 to 2,618 and 150 less violence against the person crimes which reduced by 0.8%, down from 18,712 to 18,562.

Theft offences were reduced by 1,384 crimes from 47,429 to 46,046 – a difference of 9 per cent.

There were 51 fewer people caught in possession of weapons, with offences falling 9 per cent from 565 to 514

Robbery offences also reduced with 30 fewer victims; a decrease of 4.6 per cent from 656 to 626.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “It is reassuring thatthere are fewer people becoming victims of crime in the county.

“There is no doubt that the nature of policing demand is changing with an even greater emphasis needed on supporting vulnerable people within our community. This presents new challenges within the Constabulary.”