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National Figures Show Crime Drop as Force Announces Lowest Recorded Crime in 2012

National Figures Show Crime Drop as Force Announces Lowest Recorded Crime in 2012

Crime in Cleveland has steadily declined since 2002

Cleveland Police have today announced that the 2012 calendar year showed the lowest levels of crime on record, as newly released national figures up to September 2012 also show a big drop in crime.

National crime statistics for the rolling twelve month period September 2011 to September 2012 released today show a fall in total crime of 5%. Better still, more up to date local figures for the calendar year January to December 2012 show crime fell by 9.9%, meaning that there were 4400 fewer victims. This represents the lowest level of crime for any calendar year on record, with reductions across all areas of the force. Antisocial behaviour was also at a record low, down 26% over the same period, meaning 10,500 fewer victims.

The national Crime Statistics for England and Wales show significant reductions in robbery (17%), criminal damage (8%) and house burglary (9%) up to September 2012. However, officers, staff and partners continued to work hard to reduce crime further, resulting in a reduction for the whole of 2012 in house burglary (8.4%), criminal damage and arson (14.9%) and sexual offences (14.2%), among others.

National figures continue to place Cleveland Police in the top ten of forces nationally for public confidence, and well above the national average. This is despite a number of localchallenges over the last twelve months.   Cleveland’s own local survey also shows a quarter on quarter improvement of 1.7% for the three months to 31st December 2012.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “These results are positive in their own right, but all the more so when you consider that in the last few years, Cleveland Police has seen one of the greatest reductions of crime in any force in England and Wales. They also serve as a tribute to the commitment of our staff and partners who work tirelessly in support of the public we serve.

“However, we are not complacent and do not underestimate the challenge of continuing to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the current economic climate.

 “Members of the public can of course help us to reduce crime further by taking basic steps to help protect them - for instance, leave a light on when you are not at home, don’t leave cars unattended with the engine running when defrosting, and don’t leave car keys behind unlocked front doors.

“But rest assured, there will be no let up for criminals in 2013 – we will continue to proactively prevent, disrupt and detect criminal activity by creating a hostile environment for criminals, and reducing the number of victims wherever we can.”

Added Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger: “Once again these latest figures reflect the efforts and commitment of everyone involved in tackling crime and antisocial behaviour—of course, everyone involved with the Force, but also the many different agencies whose involvement is so vital…and, just as important, the public on whom we all rely for support.

“I have always made clear that the progress we have made in recent years has provided a very firm foundation on which can build for the future and ensure that Cleveland Police meets the needs and concerns of the communities we serve.

“At the same time we have to recognise that the ever-increasing financial pressures impose a major challenge to maintain—and indeed enhance—the quality of our service. I believe that, by continuing the united effort which has delivered the remarkable figures announced today, we can meet that challenge.”

Posted on Thursday 24th January 2013
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