Knife-point robberies drop


KNIFE-POINT robberies have fallen by more than 18 per cent in Derbyshire, according to the latest figures.

There were 110 crimes of this nature between October 2010 and September 2011 compared to 135 for the same period the previous year – a reduction of 18.5 per cent.

All robbery fell by 21.3 per cent from 836 incidents to 658.

The force has released the figures following the publication of statistics by the Home Office yesterday, which showed a 10 per cent increase in knifepoint robberies nationally.

Head of Crime Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Cotterill said: “The decrease in robberies can be attributed to the efforts of the force in tackling this type of crime. The dedicated Operation Everest robbery squad in Derby for example work had to catch offenders and take them off the streets.

“It’s also about educating young people around the dangers of carrying knives and how serious an offence robbery is. Some youngsters don’t understand that taking someone’s mobile phone or money by force, or threatening to do so, is robbery and the consequences can be severe.

“Although these figures show a decrease in robberies, we are not complacent and we will continue to do everything we can to bring about further reductions.”

House burglaries fell from 3,733 between October 2009 and September 2010 to 3,359 for the same period the following year. This is a reduction of ten per cent.

All crime fell by 4.9 per cent from 66,910 incidents to 63,630.