Derbyshire crime drops for eighth year running

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CRIME in Derbyshire has fallen for the eighth year running, according to latest figures.

Overall crime reduced from 68,005 in 2009/10 to 65,884 in 2010/11.

The end of year figures also saw domestic burglary reduced by two per cent, vehicle crime by 16 per cent and criminal damage by 12 per cent.

Anti-social behaviour incidents were reduced by seven per cent. Violent crime rose by four per cent.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon said it was a “fantastic achievement”.

He said the Government scrapping of all of the various targets that were imposed on the police and replacement with one single target of reducing crime was the right thing to do.

“There needs to be a distinction between crime reduction and crime prevention,” he said.

“Simplistically, not all the crimes we record are the result of people being a victim at that moment, but clearly that is the sort of action the public want us to carry.”