Overall crime in Corby falls

POLICE in Corby have seen a fall in crime compared to the same time last year.

Police said a month into the start of the 2012/13 performance year, they have seen the reduction incrim e in the town, compared to the same period last year.

Overall, there were 63 fewer crimes reported in April this year, compared to 2011 – a fall of 13.7 per cent – while incidents of anti-social behaviour were down 45 per cent – 200 fewer reports. The number of violent crimes recorded fell by 26 per cent, which equates to 31 fewer crimes.

The reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour has been noticed by Corby residents, with 87 per cent of people surveyed believing that the police are dealing with the things that matter most in their communities.

Sector Commander, Inspector Gary Williams, said: “This is an excellent start to the 2012-13 policing year for Corby. The continued fall in crime is very encouraging and I’m particularly pleased to see the impact we are starting to have on reducing violent crime. This is the number one priority for the Force this year and the reduction comes following the busy Easter holiday period.

“The 200 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour is a very positive result and, set against the extended school holidays and the Easter period, it is a great start to the summer.

“I also very much welcome the continuing improvement in local confidence. It’s encouraging to know that nearly 87 per cent of local people surveyed think that our officers are dealing with the things that matter most in their community. This is one of the highest figures we’ve recorded and we will be working hard to build on that even more in the coming months.

“We have a busy few months ahead of us, with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, Euro 2012 football tournament, the Olympic Torch Relay, which comes through our town on July 2, and the London Olympics and Paralympics, bringing lots of opportunities for celebrations and parties. We want people to enjoy these events and celebrations and we will continue to take positive action to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour to help make our communities safer.”