Home Secretary Theresa May said new crime and policing figures published today were "a significant achievement" by the Government and police:
These statistics show that our police reforms are continuing to deliver results across the country with falls in crime in every police force in England and Wales.
The independent survey shows that the public’s experience of crime is at its lowest level since records began. This is a significant achievement.
Police forces have shown an impressive ability to rise to the challenge of making savings while still cutting crime. England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades.
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