Crime continues to fall in Suffolk

NEW figures today revealed that crime has again fallen in Suffolk.

NEW figures today revealed that crime has again fallen in Suffolk.

The latest statistics show that between April and September 2008, overall crime fell by 6.1 per cent compared to the same period last year.

As well as crime levels falling, the number of crimes solved by Suffolk Constabulary has risen.

The figures state:

- Overall crime dropped by 6.1pc

- Violent crime fell by 5.4pc

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- Vehicle crime fell by 14pc

- Criminal damage fell by 7.5pc

- Dwelling burglary fell by 8.3pc

- Other burglary fell by 17pc

- The detection rate increased by 4pc to 33.55pc.

In total, 8,049 crimes were solved - an extra 499 crimes.

However, drug crime rose by 11pc, from 995 to 1,100.

Assistant chief constable, Gary Kitching, said: This is an extremely encouraging set of figures, showing we have built on our strong performance last year, when overall crime fell by more than 5pc.

“The first six months of this year have seen 305 fewer violent offences, a reduction of 71 homes broken into and burgled, and 379 fewer vehicles crimes.

“In fact, crime has fallen across the board. In September this year, Suffolk experienced its lowest crime rate for the last seven years.

“This shows a sustained, long-term improvement in the safety of Suffolk and reflects the dedication and commitment the officers and staff of the Constabulary have shown during a particularly challenging period.”

Mr Kitching said the increase in d rugs offences was due to the constabulary's pro-active approach to drug enforcement.

“Whilst these results are extremely encouraging, we will not be complacent. The constabulary is committed to not only reducing crime even further, but to also tackling the fear of crime in the county's communities.”

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