Crime falls across the county

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CRIME in the county has fallen to its lowest in 35 years according to the latest police figures.

There has been a reduction of almost 7,000 offences this year compared to last with numbers of crimes across Notts reducing by half in the past decade.

Burglary can boast of the biggest reduction in the past year with domestic dwellings falling by 24 per cent and non-domestic break-ins reduced by seven per cent.

There were also 880 fewer violent crimes with the number of robberies dropping by 21 per cent.

The only category of crime not seeing a reduction was theft and handling offences which increased slightly by just over one per cent but meant 283 extra offences of this nature reported.

“This sustained level of improvement is not just down to good policing or effective partnerships,” said assistant chief constable Paul Broadbent. “It has also been made possible through the help of the public.

“We know from detailed surveys that have been carried out that just as crime is on the decrease in Nottinghamshire, public confidence in the police is on the rise.

“They recognise the hard work that is going on to protect their communities, the speed with which our officers attend incidents and the support we give to victims of crime, and they respond to that. The result is that they are more willing to report crime and anti-social behaviour and to respond to appeals for information.

“There is a popular misconception that crime is down because no one bothers to call the police anymore. Our control room dealt with 584,000 calls last year, up three per cent on 2010/11. Our response teams attended more than 226,000 incidents, again an increase on the previous 12 months. From those, it was determined that in just over 77,400 incidents a crime had been committed.

“Only a few years ago, the chief constable of this force made burglary reduction our priority. The renewed focus on that objective means we can note an achievement of reducing burglary by a quarter in just 12 months.

“It is also worth noting that we have continued to drive crime down in spite of severe financial restraints and major organisational change.

“However, this is not about self-congratulation or back-slapping. One crime is one too many and we have a lot of work still to do. But the message is clear, and it is coming from the community as well as the police and our partner agencies – crime and antisocial behaviour in Nottinghamshire will not be tolerated.”