Warwickshire is getting safer, says the Home Office

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Crime is falling faster in Warwickshire than in most parts of the country, according to Government figures.

Statistics released on Thursday last week show that there were 12 per cent fewer crimes reported in the 12 months to April 2013 than in the previous 12 months.

The drop is three percentage points more than the national figure of nine per cent, and places Warwickshire 16th out of 43 forces in England and Wales for crimes per 1,000 population.

The biggest drop is in robbery offences, which have reduced by 16 per cent in Warwickshire. Violence against the person has reduced by seven per cent in Warwickshire and five per cent in West Mercia, against a national reduction of four per cent.

Theft offences have decreased by eight per cent nationally, whereas Warwickshire has experienced a 14 per cent reduction.

Domestic burglary offences have fallen by 20 per cent compared to a seven per cent national reduction.

Reported sexual offences, which have risen by one per cent increase nationally, fell by 8 per cent in Warwickshire

But drug offences have increased by 17 per cent in Warwickshire, compared with a against a national reduction of nine per cent. Warwickshire police says it has “robust plans” to fight the problem.

Warwickshire’s deputy chief constable Neil Brunton said: “These figures further prove that we are offering more protection to our communities

“The reduction in crime is a result of a committed workforce with excellent support from the public, partners and the voluntary sector.”

Figures reported in last week’s Advertiser showed a reduction in crime in the past three months compared with the same period last year.

The overall figure for Rugby fell by 9.6 per cent to 2,873 offences.