Good news on falling crime rates

CRIME rates have fallen in south Suffolk, police announced today.Suffolk police said there had been a “significant overall reduction” in crime in the area covering Ipswich, Hadleigh, Capel and Sudbury.

CRIME rates have fallen in south Suffolk, police announced today.

Suffolk police said there had been a “significant overall reduction” in crime in the area covering Ipswich, Hadleigh, Capel and Sudbury.

The force said crime had dropped by 7.7per cent in the period from April to June compared with the same period last year.

It also said there had been a 35pc reduction in serious violent crime in a public place and a 42pc fall in robbery offences.

Violent crime fell by 15pc while burglaries in dwellings fell by almost half - 47pc.

Superintendent Alan Caton, southern area operations manager for Suffolk police, said: “I am delighted with these positive figures and I hope these offer some reassurance to the public.

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“Keeping the public safe and reassured by providing the highest quality policing service is one of the key aims of our Suffolk First For You initiative.

“The dramatic reductions can be attributed to a number of factors including the introduction of ten Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the area in March this year.

“ Putting police officers and PCSOs back into the hearts of communities where they are visible and accessible can only have a positive effect.

“Working with communities and our partners to identify local concerns and solve problems is proving both successful and rewarding.

“I also offer my thanks to the public as they play their part in these figures - by not only influencing what happens in their local community, but by also being aware of their personal safety when out and about and by heeding crime prevention advice in securing their property for example.

“Let's not become complacent. We must continue working together to keep up these great results.”

If you have any information in relation to a crime then call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

To report a crime contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or 999 if it is an emergency.

If you would like information on crime reduction then contact your local crime reduction officer via the switchboard on 01473 613500.

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