County’s drop in crime is praised

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MEMBERS of Derbyshire Police Authority have welcomed the latest performance figures from Derbyshire Constabulary.

A report on police performance revealed crime levels in Derbyshire had continued to fall at the beginning of the year with the force recording an 18.5 per cent reduction compared to the same time last year.

The report recorded 1,613 fewer stealing offences including domestic burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and shoplifting compared to the previous year. Meanwhile violence against the person crimes recorded 410 fewer offences and rape and sexual offences 48 fewer offences. Anti-social incidents fell by 1,600 offences compared to the previous year.

The Force’s overall crime detection rate now stands at 28.2 per cent.

Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “We are very impressed with the strong performance achieved so far and hope that this is a good indication of what’s to come in the remainder of the year. However, in reality, it is very early days and we must not celebrate prematurely.”