Crime goes down in first quarter of year

Gainsborough news
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New figures released on Thursday have revealed that Lincolnshire Police are continuing to bring crime down across the county - despite reductions in funding.

Quarterly data released by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick and Chief Constable Neil Rhodes, shows that burglary was down 24.7 per cent and violence against the person was down 20.6 per cent from April to June 2013 compared to the same period last year.

Robbery and vehicle crime are also both down, and recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour have reduced by 22 per cent.

Victim satisfaction is also improving, with 83.2 per cent of victims surveyed saying they were satisfied with the service they received from Lincolnshire Police.

The first quarter of the year also saw a fall of 18 per cent in the number of people who were killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Both Mr Hardwick and Chief Con Rhodes welcomed the figures.

“Yet again, I want to pay tribute to the Chief Constable, his officers and staff on their hard work,” said Mr Hardwick.

“In Lincolnshire, we police with pride and it’s that pride in public service that delivers these positive results.”

Chief Con Rhodes said it was ‘really good’ to see such a positive start to this year building on the strong reduction in crime last year.

“It reflects really well on the officers and staff of the force,” he added.

The reductions have come despite the force having the lowest cost of policing per head of population out of all the forces in England and Wales.

Mr Hardwick added: “It cannot be right that not only does spending on policing vary so widely across the country, but also that in some areas such as Lincolnshire, local taxpayers shoulder a much greater burden through their Council Tax for the cost of policing.”

“If everyone spent the same as we do in Lincolnshire, the police service in England would cost around £1 billion less.”