Crime continues to plummet in Derbyshire

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CRIME in Derbyshire continues to plummet while police are resolving more incidents than last year, latest data shows.

New figures presented to members of Derbyshire Police Authority reveal overall crime between April and October this year fell by 6.3 per cent compared to 2.8 per cent for the 12 months to April. This means 2,563 fewer offences were recorded in the county, which is the largest recorded reduction across the region’s forces.

The force saw sweeping reductions across many categories of crime, the largest being serious sexual offences which fell by 20.6 per cent (103 offences) compared to last year’s figure which saw an increase of 4.8 per cent. Police bosses also recorded a dramatic drop in the number of assault with less serious injury offences at with 25.2 per cent fewer (1,251 offences) compared to 6.5 per cent last year.

Serious Acquisitive Crime (SAC) – the term used by the Home Office to group offences of burglary, vehicle crime and robbery – fell by 2.4 per cent (-759 offences) between April and October compared to 10.5 per cent.

Other notable reductions include gun crime offences which fell from 84 last year to 59 and anti-social behaviour incidents which dropped 11.5 per cent compared to 7.1 per cent last year.

Meanwhile, the Constabulary’s resolution rate (the number of offences in which an offender is identified and dealt with) has improved from 33.6 per cent to 36.3 per cent, with the SAC resolution rate improving from 17.5 per cent to 18.7 per cent.

In addition, more victims of crime are satisfied with being kept informed of the progress of their case at 81.8 per cent - the second highest satisfaction rate in the region.

Reacting to the performance update, Phillip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “These figures paint a very positive picture of the work the Constabulary and Authority is undertaking to make Derbyshire a safer place for everyone and is especially pleasing considering the difficult financial period. In recent months, a number of projects have been launched to increase reassurance in the community as well as target those crimes which are persistently causing misery and disruption to residents and I’m pleased to say we are seeing significant results.

“The Constabulary’s concentrated effort to stem metal thefts across the region, for example, is already paying huge dividends. Operation Calenthia is the first of its kind in the country and draws upon a range of resources including community messaging encouraging the public to warn us about suspicious vehicle drivers seeking scrap. The operation has seen incidents of metal theft (including copper, iron, steel and lead) fall from 125 in D division in August to just 10 in October. However, we refuse to become complacent where any reduction in crime is recorded and further work is in the pipeline to bring perpetrators of metal theft to justice as well as protect community property, including the use of SmartWater technology on our war memorials.

“The Authority regards its responsibility to improve standards very seriously and will push for further improvements over the next 12 months to ensure Derbyshire residents receive the best possible policing service.”