County crime figures continue to fall

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw with the county's Chief  Constable Steve Finnigan.
Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw with the county's Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.
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Crime is continuing to fall in Lancashire, with new statistics showing there are more than 4,000 fewer victims of crime this year than last.

Police said the final end of year statistics for July 2012 to June 2013 showed reductions across the majority of crime categories.

Overall, reports of crime fell by 4.3 per cent from 95,692 to 91,604 in comparison to the previous year.

Officers said the figures also show a 17.4 per cent reduction in drug offences, with a total of 832 fewer crimes.

Criminal damage is also down by nine per cent from 18,232 to 16,589 and robbery has been reduced by 7.5 per cent – a reduction of 51 offences.

In addition, there were 220 less public order offences, 51 fewer people caught carrying a weapon and 150 less violence against the person crimes.

The number of thefts were also reduced by 1,384 crimes from 47,429 to 46,046 – a difference of nine per cent.

However, reports of sexual offences increased by 261 crimes – or 17.7 per cent – up from 1,477 to 1,738, the result of the publicity around the Jimmy Savile investigation according to Lancashire Chief constable Steve Finnigan.

Ranked second in the North West for their detection rates, Lancashire was also named ninth highest in England.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Credit must be given to Lancashire’s officers and staff for their hard work.

“However, the challenging financial situation being faced is no secret, and I remain cautious about how long crime levels can continue to fall.”

Lancashire Police said it was currently unable to provide a breakdown of figures for Western Division which covers the Fylde coast.

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