Burglary, robbery, drug offences and theft are among many crimes that are at their lowest level in Nottinghamshire since 2012, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said today.
“All in all, the latest figures show that some quite amazing falls in crime have been achieved despite the tough financial cuts and challenges imposed on our police force,” he commented.
Since the year 2011-2012, distraction burglary has dropped by over half (56.2%) and theft from the person by over a third (38.6%). Burglary of people’s homes has fallen by nearly a quarter (24%) while possession of drugs has also fallen by nearly a quarter (23.4%) and drug offences by nearly a fifth (18%).
“Indications are that there will be a reduction in overall crime this year compared to 2014-15, which, I am delighted to say, means fewer victims,” Mr Tipping said. “This is very encouraging news, but we are determined to drive crime down even further to make our communities still safer. To that end, one of my immediate aims is to target our resources where they are most needed.”
Figures so far for 2015-16 show that Nottinghamshire Police has achieved the fourth best reduction in overall crime figures this year. Over the four-year period since 2011-12, the force is currently ranked 12th best.
Since his election in 2012, Commissioner Tipping – like all PCCs – has supported community safety projects with grants from his crime prevention fund. “This funding, along with new policies and ways of working, is paying dividends in reducing crime and protecting our residents and businesses from harm,” he said.
Mr Tipping also welcomed reductions in anti-social behaviour since 2012 and in alcohol-related violence in the city also since 2012 – two of the Commissioner’s key priorities.
Sexual and domestic violence are also continuing priorities for the Commissioner and his Deputy, Chris Cutland. “Reports of both these under-reported crimes have now gone up, which illustrates higher levels of confidence in the police,” he pointed out. “As a consequence, many of these victims have said that they feel safer.
“We have worked hard to ensure that victims and vulnerable people have the protection and support they need, and our surveys show that public satisfaction in how their issues are dealt with has increased.”
He went on: “The pressures on Nottinghamshire’s budget continue, however, and we still need to find a further £12m savings. I therefore remain committed to cost-effective policies and practices that work to bolster frontline policing and keep our residents and businesses safe.”
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Posted on Monday 28th March 2016