Major events can’t halt drop in crime

Officers at Royal Lytham and St Annes for The Open and (below) Bruce Jassi, chairman of Lancashire Police Authority.

Officers at Royal Lytham and St Annes for The Open and (below) Bruce Jassi, chairman of Lancashire Police Authority.

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THE Open Golf and the Olympic torch may have come to town – but that did not stop crime across Lancashire falling.

A meeting of the county’s Police Authority has been told crime “plummeted” between April and August, despite police having to deal with a packed programme of public events.

Bruce Jassi, chairman of Lancashire Police Authority

Bruce Jassi, chairman of Lancashire Police Authority

Over the summer total crime fell 3.7 per cent county-wide, with the biggest decrease reported in the number of robberies, which fell by 19.2 per cent.

Crime involving burglary, theft and robbery fell by 1.2 per cent, burglaries were down three per cent and criminal damage dropped 11.5 per cent. During the same period Lancashire Police’s crime detection rate stayed at 37 per cent, the same as in 2011/12.

The figures were today described by the authority as “nothing short of remarkable”.

Bruce Jassi, chairman of Lancashire Police Authority, said: “The programme of public events this summer including the Open Golf, the Olympics, the European Football Championships and of course the Preston Guild have placed unprecedented demand on the force’s 
resources at a time when we are trying to identify savings and preparing for the arrival of the first Police and Crime Commissioner.

“To continue to achieve such positive results in terms of crime reduction and to ensure all of these incidents pass off peacefully is nothing short of remarkable and I would like to pay testament to those hard-working members of staff who have made personal sacrifices including delaying holiday plans to protect residents of Lancashire.

“I am sure the success of the policing operations held throughout the summer will ensure the public continues to feel safe in Lancashire.”

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