NEW statistics have revealed that crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has fallen by 12 per cent.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that crime figures, between July 2012 and June 2013, fell to just 103,977 reported offences.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: ‘The figures are a welcome reminder that our efforts to deliver an excellent service to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are producing results; they are testament to the commitment of all my officers and staff who are dedicated to protecting the communities they serve.
‘We are all working harder and smarter to engage with our communities and continue to encourage them to report crime and anti-social behaviour.
‘There remain significant challenges ahead, however, which is why earlier this week I announced plans to prepare the organisation for the future which will help us to protect vital policing services to the public in coming years.’