Crime down in the South

The amount of crime in the South East has gone down by 9%. The overall level of crime in England and Wales showed a "significant decrease" in official figures published today.

Kent's police commissioner reacts to crime figures

Police figures released today show crime levels are continuing to fall in Kent and Sussex.

Overall crime has fallen by three per cent in Sussex. In Kent the drop is 5.8 percent - that's one of the best results in Britain.

But it follows claims by Kent Police Federation that officers have come under pressure to 'massage' cime statistics to meet performance targets.

Earlier Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Kent's police and crime commissioner, and started by asking her if the figures can be trusted.

Crime falls in the South

The amount of crime in the South East has gone down by 9% between 2011 and 2012.

Violent crime in our region went down by 11%:

Hampshire: Down 11%

Kent: Up 1%

Surrey: Down 24%

Sussex: Down 3%

Thames Valley: Down 17%

The South East has the highest number of violent crimes against a person outside London, however this is because we have a larger population than other parts of the country:

Hants: 27,930

Kent: 19,830

Surrey: 10,354

Sussex: 17,961

Thames Valley: 25,471

South East Total: 101, 546

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