Violent crime across Warwickshire is continuing to fall, maintaining the trend set over the past few years.
New figures show that since the beginning of April, 295 incidents of violence resulting in injury have been reported to the county’s police, representing a 3.8 per cent improvement on the target figure.
The figures follow on from the 12-month 2012/13 statistics which showed 2,606 violent offences compared with 2,877 in 2011/12, a drop of 9.4 per cent.
Detective Chief Inspector Jason Wells, who has specific responsibilities for tackling violent crime, said: “Reducing violent incidents, especially those which cause injury, has been a constant priority for Warwickshire Police.
“Not only does it cause immeasurable distress to victims but it also impacts heavily on our local communities.
“Many incidents – probably the majority – are alcohol-related and offenders usually regret their actions once they come to their senses. By then, of course the damage is done.”
He warned that the police would continue its proactive approach to tackling those resorting to violence.
“There is no excuse for such behaviour and offenders are likely to find themselves in police custody with the possibility of going to court and the prospect of a prison sentence.
“The latest reduction in reported offences is encouraging but the figures are still far too high. It’s important people know that the police will focus on identifying and tracing offenders and that well over half of violent crime offences are detected.”
DCI Wells said it was far better to prevent violent acts in the first place and that people should think twice before causing trouble.
“Wherever possible, walk away from disorder or a potentially volatile situation. Don’t get involved and if you see trouble brewing, steer clear so you don’t become caught up in it.”
He said police patrols, especially in town centres at weekends, had played a big part in preventing late night disturbances.
“We have a heightened police presence at key times which helps keep the peace but at the end of the day, it is up to individuals of all ages to act responsibly.
“People should be able to enjoy themselves when out socially without fear of becoming a victim while at the same time behaving at all times in a non-violent or threatening manner.
“Violence in whatever form is a scourge and will not be tolerated by the police and courts. There are still far too many incidents fuelled by alcohol which is no excuse. People must accept responsibility for their actions.”
He said the police are continuing to work with all their partners in local communities across the Warwickshire force area to make all parts of the county safer for residents and visitors alike.
“I want people to help us by reporting incidents. If you see trouble in the street, or fear it is about to break out, call the police immediately on 101. If it is an emergency, call 999. I would also urge people to stand up and be counted if they witness acts of violence and to come forward with information.
“We know that some victims are reluctant to report incidents, particularly when it comes to domestic abuse, but we seek to encourage them to come forward in confidence so we can help. Just call 101 or if you prefer, contact the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
DCI Wells added: “Warwickshire is generally a safe and very nice area in which to live and work. Extreme acts of violence are few and far between and it’s pleasing that the total number of incidents resulting in injury is continuing to fall.
“However, the police and its partners – including the general public – want to see further improvements and to that end, we remain totally committed”.