Northamptonshire Police say crime is down by 14 per cent

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Crime in Northamptonshire has fallen by more than 14 per cent since April, according to the latest figures.

The reduction equates to nearly 3,500 fewer offences with reductions in violence, house burglaries and robberies particularly pleasing senior officers.

Within the statistics released by police, the only area to see an increase was drugs offences.

The latest figures show 20,652 crimes were recorded by Northamptonshire Police between April 1 and September 30, compared with 24,113 during the same period in 2012.

Violent crime fell by 15 per cent, house burglary fell by 9.3 per cent and vehicle crime was down by 19.2 per cent.

The number of crimes recorded during September – 3,233 – was the lowest on record and five per cent below average.

The number of house burglaries was also at its lowest, with 173 crimes recorded compared with a monthly average of 248.

A full breakdown of the crime figures for April to September shows:

Violence: 3,706 incidents – down by 15 per cent

House burglary: 1,263 incidents – down by 9.3 per cent

Theft from a vehicle: 1,661 incidents – down by 16.7 per cent

Theft of a vehicle: 395 incidents – down by 28.1 per cent

Robbery: 259 incidents – down by 18.8 per cent

Sexual offences: 374 incidents – down by 2.1 per cent

Drugs offences: 914 incidents – up by 11.3 per cent

Criminal damage: 3,360 incidents – down by 13.8 per cent

Deputy Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: “The reduction in crime so far this year is very encouraging and it is our officers and staff that have made this happen through their continued hard work and dedication.

“We have had real focus on tackling burglary and vehicle crime and I’m pleased to see these types of crime starting to fall again.

“Violent crime has continued to fall, with a 15 per cent reduction in violence offences as well as an 18.8 per cent fall in robbery.

“Pleasingly, we saw a slight fall in sexual offences; but we know this type of crime can often go unreported and would encourage victims to feel confident in reporting it, either directly to the police or by contacting the county’s sexual assault referral centre, Serenity.

“Reducing violent crime is a major priority in the crime and policing plan and we will work hard to achieve further reductions throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

“Tackling drug-related crime is also a priority for the Police and Crime Commissioner and our tactics are showing success.

“Although we’ve seen a rise in drugs offences in the first part of the year, this is not unexpected as we have been actively targeting those involved in drugs, whose activities cannot be allowed to blight our communities.

“We know there is a lot more work to do and a number of challenges ahead but we have had a successful six months and there is lot of good work for us to build on.”

Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “The crime figures for the first half of the year are very positive and the force has kept a focus on reducing crime.

“In my crime and policing plan I have set some considerable challenges in the areas that matter most to the public.

“I look forward to working with the chief constable to find new ways to further reduce crime, improve the service we provide to victims and achieve our aim of making Northamptonshire the safest place in the country.”