Reported crime falls across Hampshire - but burglaries rise

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CRIME reported in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has fallen, new Home Office figures show.

Latest statistics reveal four per cent fewer crimes were reported from July 2010 to June 2011 compared to the previous year.

In total there were 132,885 reported incidents in the 12 months to June this year.

However that is still almost 364 reports every day on average.

The biggest drop was in criminal damage reports which fell 100 per cent to 23,763 incidents.

Reports of violence against the person in which there was no injury dropped 10 per cent to 17,418.

Other violent crimes, sex and drug offences, fraud and forgery also fell in the period.

But Hampshire Constabulary experienced a five per cent hike in burglaries to 14,525.

House burglaries dropped by four per cent 5,261. But non-dwelling burglaries rocketed to 9,264 – an 11 per cent increase.

Earlier this month the force relaunched Operation Nemesis to crack down on burglars.

Police are conducting extra patrols and operations to being more crooks to justice, and are working closely with universities and residents to offer advice on protecting property.

One tactic being used is the planting of tracking devices in property such as laptops and mobile phones. They hope burglars will be entices into stealing them and also lead them to people handing stolen goods.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: ‘We are strongly committed to protecting our communities and we have worked hard over the last 12 months to do so.

‘Burglary remains a priority for the constabulary with figures showing there is still work to be done to drive incidents down. However, we are satisfied that at a time of significant change and economic downturn that we have achieved good progress driving overall crime down.

‘We are committed to protecting the number of staff in the three policing Areas and feel that this has made an important contribution to these achievements.’