Lancashire police are reporting a drop of 5,322 in overall reported crime in the county for the year ending in March 2013. The force also report good detection rates, with Lancashire ranked seventh highest in England and Wales. But as cutbacks bite the PCC warns of future problems.
“It is reassuring that, once again, there are fewer people becoming victims of crime in the county and our officers and staff are determined to see this trend continue. Despite the reductions, we are not complacent and we remain dedicated to keeping Lancashire’s communities safe, keeping levels of crime low and to delivering a high quality of service to victims of crime."
– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates, Lancashire Constabulary
: "While it is pleasing to see that on the face of it crime is falling and Lancashire is well placed nationally for the level of sanction detection rates; there is no getting away from the fact the financial pressures the Constabulary faces over the coming years will start to affect this picture. Clearly, Lancashire's officers and staff will continue to work hard and strive to maintain these positive figures, but the recent Comprehensive Spending Review announcement has left the county with a funding gap that means I believe it will be more difficult for this level of performance to continue."
– Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw