Crime down four per cent in Hampshire & IoW

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Crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has dropped by four per cent, a Home Office crime figures report has revealed.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have seen some significant decreases in a number of crime categories for the 12 months to June 2011, compared to the 12 months to June 2010. These include a nine per cent drop in sexual offences and an 11 per cent drop in criminal damage.

Incidents involving violence against a person are down seven per cent overall, with violence causing injury dropping four per cent and violence without injury down 10 per cent.

The latest figures show a spike of five per cent for burglaries as a whole, but while incidents involving non-dwellings are up 11 per cent, burglaries in homes are down four per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said: “We are strongly committed to protecting our communities and we have worked hard over the last 12 months to do so.

“Burglary remains a priority for the constabulary with figures showing there is still work to be done to drive incidents down. However, we are satisfied that at a time of significant change and economic downturn that we have achieved good progress driving overall crime down.

“We are committed to protecting the number of staff in the three policing Areas and feel that this has made an important contribution to these achievements.”

Between June 2010 and June 2011, 132,885 incidents were reported to Hampshire Constabulary. Of these 31,319 were acts of violence against a person, 14,522 were burglaries (5,261 in dwellings), 1,998 were sexual offences, 1,069 robberies and 5,941 drug offences.

The force also recorded 12,301 offences against vehicles, including theft of motor vehicle, theft from a vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking and interfering with a motor vehicle. There were 35,767 other thefts, 4,439 fraud and forgery offences, 23,763 incidents of criminal damage and finally 1,763 other offences (offences not covered by aforementioned categories).

Mr Marsh added: “It is encouraging to see that the ongoing efforts to tackle anti social behaviour through campaigns, and the outstanding work of our safer Neighbourhoods teams is having a positive affect in resolving long term issues within our communities.

“Of course there is always room for improvement and despite increasingly challenging times Hampshire Constabulary is still always striving to build on its successes.”

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