Crime falls in Derbyshire

CRIME is continuing to fall in Derbyshire, according to the latest figures published by the police.

During the first six months of the year, overall crime fell by six per cent across the county compared to the same period last year – meaning nearly 2,000 fewer victims of crime.

Between April 1 and September 30 crime fell from 34,898 to 32,934 offences.

House burglary is down by 17 per cent, vehicle crime nine per cent and criminal damage nine per cent.

Violent crime is also bucking the trend with a 15 per cent reduction equating to a thousand fewer victims of crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Alec Wood, who is responsible for crime and territorial policing, said: “It’s very encouraging that half way through the year we are achieving such significant reductions in crime.

“We have experienced eight years of consecutive crime reduction in Derbyshire and when you think that we are achieving these results against a backdrop of budget cuts and harsh economic times it makes it even more remarkable.

“I’m personally particularly pleased with the reductions made so far this year in violent crime.

“That is an area over the past few years we have been working really hard to turn around. A new violent crime strategy was drawn up at the start of the year and it looks like it is starting to pay dividends.

“By focusing on the issues of alcohol related violence, domestic abuse and anti-social violence and working closely with both city and county councils we are starting to see significant reductions in violent crime levels in Derbyshire.

“There is still a lot of work to be done but it a good start and I we will be doing our level best to carry on reducing crime in the second six months of the year.”

The figures also show Serious Acquisitive Crime, a combination of robbery, burglary and vehicle crime, is down by 14 per cent and most serious violence has been reduced by eight per cent.

Figures show: all crime reduced from 34,898 to 32,934; house burglary reduced from 1,886 to 1,540; vehicle crime reduced from 2,986 to 2,716, violent crime (assault, robbery and sexual offences) 9,045 to 7,684; criminal damage reduced from 6,881 to 6,257; positive outcome rate, (detections and restorative justice) increased from 32.7 per cent to 36.1 per cent.