CRIME in Suffolk has fallen for the seventh consecutive year – and the number of solved crime has increased, new figures have today revealed.

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The figures, released by Suffolk Police, show there were 40,009 crimes recorded in the county from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 – 5,632 fewer crimes than the same period last year.

The data also revealed almost a third – 32.5% – of all crime was solved, with 1,644 more solved crimes than last year, a total of 13,011.

Robbery offences saw a 25% decrease with 84 fewer crimes being committed in the past year.

There were also 108 fewer dwelling burglaries and 845 fewer violent assaults, while serious sexual offences decreased by 8.3% (49 fewer crimes); vehicle crime decreased by 7.4% (303 fewer crimes); criminal damage plummeted 19% (1,571 fewer crimes) and theft offences decreased by 15%, with 1,778 fewer crimes.

But drug offences increased by 7%, with 120 more crimes.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore praised the crime reduction figures, but raised concerns over the level of under-reported crimes in Suffolk.

“I know from listening to people across Suffolk that despite this success, some crime is still under-reported and there are some concerns about the level of crime in the county,” he said.

“I will do all I can to prevent people becoming a victim of crime in the first place, but when crime occurs I want to encourage people to report it, and improve the satisfaction of victims with the police service they receive.”

He added: “A reduction in recorded crime for seven consecutive years is a tremendous achievement, which reflects the commitment and dedication of the constabulary, and I congratulate them on their performance.

“I have just published my Police and Crime Plan for the next four years which focuses on making Suffolk an even safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest.

“I believe the plan gives the constabulary a clear steer for policing in Suffolk over the coming years; so they continue to do well and improve in the areas where performance is not so strong.

“I am very optimistic for Suffolk and have every confidence in the constabulary to continue to provide us with an effective and efficient police service.”

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Newcomb said: “These figures are very encouraging and not only reflect some of the excellent policing work which is taking place in the county but would also indicate that local people are taking measures to ensure they do not become victims of crime.

“Crimes that matter the most to people, such as burglary, remain a concern for us. Under Operation Drawbridge, which is a countywide initiative, aimed at reducing the number of house burglaries across the county and increasing the number of crimes being ‘solved’ with offenders brought to justice, we will continue to target those who blight the lives of others by breaking into or entering their homes.

“However policing isn’t just about crime statistics, it is important that we remain focussed on our quality of service, ensuring that victims and witnesses we deal with on a daily basis remain satisfied with our level of service and feel confident that we have dealt with their matter, effectively with professionalism and care.”

5 comments

  • every crime matters and every crime reported should be investigated thoughly. not recorded as solved when in reality it has not been.

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    local lass

    Monday, April 22, 2013

  • See... now I remember this from 2011... A national survey of officers by the Police Federation to which 42,000 officers responded - shows police believe slashing 20% from the their budget over the next four years, and a reduction in officer numbers, will have a detrimental effect on crime levels... does the Police Federation of England and Wales have any comment it would like to add? - or maybe we should ask the Chairman of the Suffolk Police Federation, Matt Gould who is quoted as saying: “Suffolk officers echo the views of their colleagues in the rest of the country... Their morale has been sapped and they are angry that government cuts of 20% will affect the service they offer the public." - seems not to have been the case at all... Looks like it was the police who were out of touch rather then the government...

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Monday, April 22, 2013

  • i would like to tell you all the mistakes that have been made in our case as it has left us in danger. but to get an appointment with you would be out of the question as to many staff have already sabataged the truth and will block me from telling you. thats how serious it gets for us when i do the right thing. i lost trust in getting any help to stop a dangerous man from harming anyone else as the police dont care or understand. its not about reporting it,its about the response,the bias attitude of those who fail to acknowledge evidence,the calabration in writing up incorrect,inacurate reports,the misguided views recorded on file by staff , the failure to arrest, much more,but we are suffering because of it and i dont mind telling the public as they a right to know,there is more behind them figures that should not be. its not nice fearing for your familys life for years cause in reality you cant provide us with a safehouse to sort our situation out. its hell and no one cares.

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    local lass

    Monday, April 22, 2013

  • The general public is not daft,they know the figures are a front,cause the reality behind them shields the truth of each situation. people ring police for service, accompany that with all the misdirected cases, the people then are failed. women come forward from dv incidences and all that happens is mayhem. you need to be selective who you employ as they leaving victims with no quality help and the criminals to laugh at you. stop worrying about statistics and provide a better service,an honest one. and rid suffolk of the corruption it has in it,that fails many victims from the moment the police attend. you wait till people are dead before dv victims get taken seriously.train the officers correctly and sack the ones only interested in their salary.

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    local lass

    Monday, April 22, 2013

  • The "under reported crime" is actually "is it worth reporting crime?".Unless you are going to make an insurance claim, what use is just a crime ref number? You know that nothing more will ever happen once you have put the phone down or switched the computer off. I know many who can no longer afford buildings and or contents insurance so what good is the crime number? If your car has been broken into, will the loss of your NCB be worth more than what has been stolen? So again, "Is it worth it?". Sad times but true.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, April 22, 2013

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