Crime levels fall again in county

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Crime in the county has fallen for the eighth year running.

Overall crime reduced from 68,005 incidents in 2009/10 to 65,884 in 2010/11 meaning more than 2,000 fewer victims this year compared to last year.

The figures show domestic burglary reduced by two per cent, vehicle crime by 16 per cent, criminal damage by 12 per cent and anti-social behaviour incidents were reduced by seven per cent.

However violent crime rose by four per cent from 16,243 incidents to 16,961.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have recorded an eighth year in a row of crime reductions.

“I must pay tribute to the commitment, dedication and hard work of all our officers and staff.

“Once again they have managed to achieve a reduction.”