Crimes recorded in virtually all categories have fallen in the year ending September 2012 compared with the previous year with significant reductions in vandalism, burglary and vehicle thefts.
Pickpocketing was one of the few sub-categories that saw an increase, which may be due to the popularity of hand-held devices like iPhones, mp3 players and tablets.
- Violence against the person - down 5%
- Homicide - down 10%
- Attempted murder - down 2%
- Burglary - down 8%
- Anti-social behaviour incidents - down 2.4%
- Pickpocketing - up 6%
(Office for National Statistics)
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