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Wiltshire crime rate down seven per cent
CRIME in Wiltshire has dropped by seven per cent in the last year.
The Office of National Statistics has released the latest national crime figures today showing that in Wiltshire there are nearly 3,300 fewer victims of crime. The current crime rate in Wiltshire is the seventh lowest in England.
The statistics cover the period June 2012 to June 2013 in comparison with the same period the year before.
Wiltshire Police have dealt with 46.5 per cent fewer robberies, which is the largest reduction seen nationally. Local initiatives continued throughout the summer to raise awareness of vehicle crime, which has also been cut by 16 per cent.
Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said: "These statistics illustrate that the hard work of my police officers and staff is effective. However, we could not achieve these reductions without the assistance of the public. I continue to encourage the communities of Wiltshire to keep talking, to me and the Commissioner, about the issues they care about.
“Moving forward, I hope to see further reductions influenced by our proactive days of action under Operation Harness. I am committed to a way of working that listens to what is important to the communities that live and work in Wiltshire. Working together with the public, we can continue to see these reductions in crime and protect the quality of life for everyone in this beautiful county."
Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “Fewer victims of crime is something for the county and Swindon to be proud of. Three thousand fewer victims is something to celebrate.
“The Chief Constable and the constabulary are fully signed up to my number one priority - cutting crime. They are working hard, the community is right behind them and the results are encouraging. My job is to ensure that we stay on track.
“I face a difficult decision about the police part of the council tax for next year. We have coped with budget cuts so far, but more are on the way.
“I will consider the community view very closely. My impression is that the over-riding priority will be to make sure the constabulary has the resources it needs to do the job.”
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