Warwickshire crime falls by a third in six years

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Warwickshire is safer than it has been for many years, according to the latest crime figures.

Warwickshire Police’s latest figures, announced this morning (Monday), show there were more than 4,000 fewer crimes than the previous year in the county, a fall of 12.4 per cent.

Compared to six years ago, there were more than 15,000 fewer crimes reported, a fall of more than one third.

This means there are 81 crimes a day on average, including only five burglaries and less than one robbery a day across the county each day.

Data from the last financial year (1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013) is now available and shows that in Warwickshire all major crime types are down compared to 2011/12.

Overall incidents are down by 4,208 compared to 2011/12. This includes the following:

· 376 fewer burglaries in people’s homes (a reduction of 16.6%)

· 52 fewer robberies (- 16%)

· 270 fewer occasions where people have suffered injuries due to serious violent crime (- 9.4%)

· 390 fewer vehicle crimes (- 9.1%)

· 3210 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour (- 14.8%)

Warwickshire’s roads are also becoming safer: there were 22 fewer collisions where people were killed or seriously injured, a fall of 7.5%. Importantly, fatalities on our roads reduced from 38 to 29, a reduction of nine fewer deaths. .

Warwickshire Police’s Chief Constable Andy Parker said: “Warwickshire is as safe as it has been for many years, local residents should be reassured that crime and anti-social behaviour continue to decrease and they live in one of the safer parts of the country.

“However, we will continue to target those criminals who cause harm and focus our efforts in those areas where most crime occurs – we are determined to reduce crime further.

“I am delighted by the commitment and dedication shown by every member of my organisation to reducing crime and catching criminals.

“Tackling criminality is a team effort and we have had terrific support from the County Council, District and Borough Councils and other partnership agencies who make a huge contribution to Community Safety.

“In particular, I would like to highlight the efforts of the public, whether they give their time as volunteers such as Special Constables, street pastors or with Neighbourhood Watch, or simply do what they can to secure their homes and valuables and contact the police with any information they have about suspicious activity.

“If anyone would like to do more to contribute to keeping Warwickshire safe and secure, we are currently recruiting Special Constables and other police volunteer roles, so we can continue to offer the most protection possible with the resources available to us**.

We look forward to continuing these positive working relationships and seeing further reductions in crime and criminality in Warwickshire.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, Ron Ball, added: “I am delighted to see crime continuing to fall despite the large changes that Warwickshire Police has been through in recent years and continues to experience.

“I look forward to working with the chief constable, his officers and staff, the public and all partner agencies to make sure this trend continues in the coming years.”

Overall Crime

2012/2013

29,600

2011/2012

33,808

Change in numbers

-4,208

% chang

- 12.8%

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Burglaries

(dwelling)

2012/2013

1,893

2011/2012

2,269

Change in numbers

- 376

% change

- 16.6%

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Robbery

2012/2013

272

2011/2012

324

Change in numbers

- 52

% change

- 16%

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Violence against the person (injury)

2012/2013

2,606

2011/2012

2,877

Change in numbers

- 207

% change

- 9.4%

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Vehicle Crime

2012/2013

3,882

2011/2012

4,272

Change in numbers

- 390

% change

- 9.1%

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Incidents of antisocial behaviour

2012/2013

18,507

2011/2012

21,717

Change in numbers

3,210

% change

- 14.8%

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Collisions causing death or serious injury

2012/2013

273

2011/2012

295

Change in numbers

- 22

% change

- 7.5%

*Total recorded crime in 2006/07 was 45,213, a total decrease of 34.5%.