Crime falls across Notts

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Crime in Notts has fallen by more than 90,000 offences over the last decade, new figures released this week have revealed.

Notts Police recorded a further 12 per cent reduction in crime, with 68,097 offences, between 1st April 2012 and 31st March this year.

This compares to 161,404 offences during the same period in 2002 and 2003.

These figures were presented along with others at the Police and Crime Panel at County Hall on Monday.

This year, domestic burglary has dropped to 4,085 offences - meaning 316 fewer people have had to deal with their homes being targeted by thieves. Robbery has fallen by 16.8 per cent, a reduction of 191 offences to 945, whereby personal property has been taken by someone else threatening violence.

A 21.5 per cent reduction in criminal damage saw a fall of 2,924 offences, down to 10,689. Violent crime has seen a 2.9 per cent decrease - 490 fewer victims.

More assets have been seized from criminals intent on benefiting from the proceeds of their illegal activity, with £1.35million confiscated.

There has also been a significant drop in the number of young people committing crime for the first time and entering into the criminal justice system - down from 880 in 2011/12 to 509 this year.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Waterfield said: “It has been a long and sometimes difficult journey over the past ten years, but we remain focused on doing all we can to reduce crime, and have no intention of becoming complacent.”

“The figures show the significant inroads that have already been made but it is important to recognise that this is a reflection of what the public tell us, and we know not everything is reported. However, our officers and staff have worked extremely hard to get us to this position.”

Chris Cutland, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, welcomed the figures and paid tribute to all the people - police, partners and the public, and indeed the former police authority - who have worked hard to achieve them.

In 2002/03, all crime totalled 161,404 offences. Notts saw one of the highest burglary rates in the country with 16,418 offences; 31,009 vehicles were targeted by criminals, and 1,799 people became victims of a robbery.