County sees a fall in the number of crimes committed

Crime is dropping in Hampshire
Crime is dropping in Hampshire

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CRIME levels across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have dropped according to released figures.

Information from the Office for National Statistics show that from September 2011, to September 2012, home burglaries fell 22 per cent from 5,403 to 4,214.

This meant the county’s average of home burglaries fell from seven per 1,000 people, to six, making Hampshire Constabulary third best performing force for reducing this sort of crime.

It also saw the following crimes fall:

n Robberies fell 27 per cent from 1,058 to 772.

n Burglaries in properties other than a home fell 16 per cent from 9,060 to 7,610.

n Violence against a person, causing injury fell 15 per cent from 14,094 to 11,980.

n Criminal damage fell 13 per cent from 23,241 to 20,220.

The only area that saw an increase was drug offences, which rose by seven per cent, from 6233 to 6,669.

Police say this is due to increased drug-crime operations.

Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, said: ‘I would like to praise the work of all Hampshire Constabulary officers and staff in reducing crime.

‘I continue to be impressed by the dedication shown by everyone in the force to make our communities safer.

‘The role of partner organisations in the overall reduction of crime cannot be ignored either, and this is something I am looking to strengthen, to ensure wider community solutions are drawn up to address the problems in society.

‘And that there is not an expectation of the police alone to deal with it.’

There was also a 12 per cent reduction in total crime across the county.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall said: ‘My aim since joining the constabulary has always been to protect the people we serve from those who would cause them harm by making our two counties a hostile environment for criminals. I am leaving content in the knowledge that this legacy is continuing.

‘The 12 per cent reduction in total crime across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is testament to the tireless dedication, commitment, hard work and ‘one team’ approach of officers and staff.’