Overall crime in Warwickshire continues to fall

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The number of victims of crime in Warwickshire has continued to fall during the first six months of the financial year.

Overall crime decreased by 2.8% with 427 fewer crimes recorded during the six months April to September 2013 compared to the same six month period last year (14, 869 compared to 15,296).

The reduction continues the downward trend for recorded crime which after the first three months of the 2013/2014 financial year saw a decrease of 5.3% in Warwickshire.

Robbery showed the greatest decrease, dropping by 20.7% or 29 fewer crimes reported between April – September (115 crimes compared to 144 in the same six month period last year).

Warwickshire saw a decrease of 3.5% in domestic burglary (936 offences compared to 970 last year). The detection rate for the same period was 20% compared to 14.9% for the same period last year.

Violence against the person, with injury, saw a slight increase of 1.3% (18 more incidents) compared to last year (1355 compared to 1336). The detection rate increased from 42.9% to 45%.

There was also a slight increase in the number of anti social behaviour incidents recorded, increasing by 1.9% or 216 crimes ( 11,341 compared to 11,125 in the first six months of last year).

In Warwickshire the number of victims reporting a satisfactory response towards the police was 86.7%.

Commenting on the performance figures for the first six months of the year Ron Ball, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted to see the strong performance figures showing a decrease in recorded crime and the very high levels of victim satisfaction with the actions of the police.

“The success we are witnessing is due to the dedicated work of our officers and staff and our partners. I will continue to monitor performance as the new alliance model of policing takes effect.”

In the North Warwickshire policing area - which covers Rugby - the total number of recorded crime decreased by 0.8% with 69 fewer incidents recorded (8,665 to 8,596)

Domestic burglary has seen a slight increase of 56 offences (10.1% from 552 to 608. The solved rate was 22% (13.2% last year).

Violence against the person with injury saw a marginal increase from 780 to 816 incidents(4.5%), although the solved rate increased to 48.2%, compared to 44.3% for the same period last year.

Robbery decreased by 15.5% from 83 crimes last year to 71 in the same period this year.

There was a slight increase in the number of incidents of anti social behaviour recorded with 6,864 compared to last year’s figure of 6,586.

Customer satisfaction with the police was 86.7%

North Warwickshire Superintendent Martin Samuel said: “Last year was the best performance year in terms of reducing victims for a number of years so I am pleased that we are continuing that downward trend by showing a small reduction in crime in North Warwickshire. The challenges remain around reducing violence both in a night time economy and domestic related context, in house burglary across the area, and vehicle crime as a volume crime where we see people continuing to leave valuables in their cars which are then targeted by offenders.

“We remain focused on reducing the number of victims and bringing offenders to justice in these areas as well as working with other policing teams to deny criminals from other areas the use of the roads in Warwickshire.”