Figures reveal crime is falling in the county

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THE number of crimes being committed in Hampshire has fallen, according to the policing authority.

Hampshire police have released figures to say crime has fallen by more than six per cent in the past year, from 142,152 (2009-10) to 133,582 for (2010-11).

The force said it has seen a large drop in the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and is within its target for reducing rowdy and nuisance behaviour – including vehicle nuisance and criminal damage.

The fall has been put down to a campaign, which ran from May until the end of September last year, to combat the problem.

Jacqui Rayment, chairwoman of Hampshire Police Authority, said: ‘We have been working closely with the constabulary to drive up their performance and reduce costs.

‘The six per cent reduction in overall crime figures is a tremendous achievement and a credit to Chief Constable Alex Marshall and his team.

‘Local residents and visitors can be confident that crime rates are falling and that Hampshire is an even safer place to live, work and visit.’

Year-on-year figures for anti-social behaviour show a 19 per cent drop in the number of offences of criminal damage (28,573 to 24,492).

Rowdy and nuisance incidents – including vehicle nuisance incidents were also reduced.

They fell 15 per cent, from 70,708 incidents to 60,240.