Delight at fall in crime rates

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CRIME has fallen for the 10th consecutive year in Derbyshire - with the county seeing one of the largest reductions in offending nationally.

Derbyshire Constabulary has announced in the year ending April 1, overall crime in the county fell by 16.3 per cent, with 51,440 incidents reported over the previous 12 months, compared to 61,483 the year before.

The force claims that over the 10 years since National Crime Recording Standards were introduced, bringing about a consistency in how police forces record crimes, the number of victims in Derbyshire has halved.

Over the last year, house burglaries fell by 12 per cent, with 2,855 crimes recorded compared to 3,262 the year before.

Reports of violent crime saw a 14 per cent reduction from 14,370 to 12,290, vehicle crime dropped by six per cent from 5,261 to 4,920 and criminal damage reduced by 24 per cent from 11,577 to 8,755.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “It’s brilliant news there has now been 10 consecutive years of crime reduction in Derbyshire.

“These figures show a fall in crime of more than 50 per cent since 2002/03, which means 52,000 fewer victims than 10 years ago.

“These latest figures are excellent and show again that Derbyshire is increasingly a safe place to live in, work in and visit.

“The statistics are a reflection of the hard work done each day by police.”