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Violent crime up, overall crime down
THE overall crime rate in Wiltshire has dropped in the last year, while incidents of vehicle and violent crime have increased, according to new Home Office figures.
Wiltshire is eighth nationally for levels of overall crime, with a total of 36,137 crimes recorded.
There was a 17.4 per cent reduction in dwelling burglaries, compared to a national drop of 6.4 per cent, and there was a 2.8 per cent reduction in criminal damage.
Wiltshire Police has also maintained its position as having the lowest number of drug offences of any force in the country.
However, there has been an 8.9 per cent increase in vehicle crime and a 6.8 per cent rise in violent crime, compared to a 6.2 per cent national drop.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Hedley said: “Although the figures point to violent crime being on the increase in our area, it is important to stress that this is partly a result of a change in the way in which we have been recording this type of crime.”
He said violence in town centres has seen a slight reduction and more work is being done to tackle domestic violence.
British Crime Survey figures, which are also out this week, show that 64 per cent of people in Wiltshire believe that Wiltshire Police deal with local concerns, which is above the national average.