Crime falls in Lancashire

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Crime in Lancashire has continued to fall, according to new Home Office figures.

The county saw a 2.1 per cent reduction in all crime from September 2011 to September 2012. This equated to 2,080 fewer victims of crime in comparison to the same period the year before.

During this time 97,070 crimes were reported to Lancashire Police, compared to 99,150 in the previous year.

However, violent crime and burglary both increased.

Violent crime rose by 1.2 per cent, from 21,006 reports to 21,257 – 251 crimes - and reports of burglary increased by 2.3 per cent, from 4,134 to 4,228 - or 98 crimes.

There were 113 fewer victims of robbery, with a reduction of 15.6 per cent, from 724 to 611 crimes, and sexual offences reduced by 0.1 per cent, from 1521 to 1520 crimes.

Theft offences reduced by 2.5 per cent, vehicle crime decreased by 1.8 per cent, criminal damage reduced by 7.5 per cent, and drug offences reduced by three per cent.

But fraud and forgery increased by 9.6 per cent, from 2,498 to 2,739 crimes.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “It is reassuring to see overall crime has continued to fall in Lancashire.

“We work hard to keep the county safe and I am pleased these efforts continue to pay off, with more than 2,000 fewer people being spared the misery of becoming victims of crime.

“We know there are challenges ahead of us as we continue to review our services in order to make significant savings. This is set against unprecedented low crime rates – since 2004/2005, all crime has reduced by over a third, which is more than 36 per cent.

“This will prove to be a considerable challenge over the next few years.

“Despite this, reducing and detecting crime in Lancashire will remain our focus and we are determined to continue to provide the best quality of service possible.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, said the reductions in crime were positive for the county.

He said: “It is proof of the dedication shown by our hard-working police officers, staff, partners and volunteers.

“Clearly, we need to ensure offences such as burglary and violent crime do not continue to rise.

“I know the police are not complacent and will continue to make every effort to improve the police service.

“There are challenging times for Lancashire Police. As commissioner, I want to support and work with the chief constable in finding the best ways to continue to reduce crime in the Lancashire.”