Crime figures

New figures released today show crime is down in Gloucestershire for the ninth year in a row. The details released by the Home Office show crime fell by 12.7% between April 1 2012 and March 31 2012 - that’s 4393 fewer offences.

Crime in Avon & Somerset is down by 14%

Avon & Somerset have seen one of the biggest reductions in crime in the whole country.

Crime in the South West fell by 11 percent, while the Avon and Somerset Force area saw a fall of 14 percent.

The national average in England and Wales was a fall of seven percent - the lowest it's been since 1981.

Home Office Minister and Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne says he's pleased to see the figures.

The bigggest fall was in robberies which were down by 26% and violent crimes against the person also showed a significant reduction of 12%

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Crime in Dorset down to 15 year low

Dorset crime at 15 year low Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Latest figures show that crime in Dorset is at a 15-year low – with total crime down 11 per cent on last year.

As well as the reduction in total crime, some of the biggest reductions have been seen in violent crime, which is down by 14.6 per cent, and theft – down 15.1 per cent.

Burglary is also down by 4.9 per cent.

One of the biggest improvements has been in anti-social behaviour, which fell by 15.8 per cent, compared to 2011/12, to a 10-year low.

The figures come in the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) report on crime statistics in England and Wales, covering the financial year 2012/13 – which was released today.

The report did identify some challenges – with an increase in vehicle offences of 8.5 per cent.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Martin Hiles said:

“The continued improvements and reductions in many areas of crime in Dorset are great news for our hardworking workforce and, most importantly, the communities we serve.

“These good results are particularly noteworthy as they came in a year when we faced some additional challenges with the policing of the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland and numerous critical incidents.

These incidents included two tragic landslips, at Burton Bradstock Beachand Beaminster Tunnel and the murder of Reece James in Boscombe – for which four men are now serving lengthy custodial sentences.

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Crime falls by almost 6% in Wiltshire

Wiltshre Police report a 5.6% drop in crime in the county Credit: Emma Hallett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crime figures released today show that crime in Wiltshire has dropped by 5.6% which means nearly 2000 fewer victims of crime.

Despite being a Force with the 2nd lowest number of police officers per 100,000 in the country, Wiltshire police has one of the lowest crime rates per 1000 population, positioned in 9th place out of the 38 police forces in England.

Wiltshire Police have seen a reduction of 35.8% in robbery, which is the largest reduction seen nationally. The Force is also 4th nationally for having the lowest dwelling burglary rates.

There has been a 6.6% increase in violence against the person compared to the same period last year. This increase was expected due to a change in the way that these crimes are recorded by Wiltshire Police.

Through local initiatives vehicle crime has dropped by 10.9% compared to last year.

Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said: “I am committed to delivering the best service to the public. "Wiltshire Police continue to make savings whilst remaining the professional and committed police force that the public want.

"Public confidence continues to rise and 86.1% of victims are satisfied with the service Wiltshire Police provide.

Crime figures are down in Gloucestershire

Crime figures are down in Gloucestershire Credit: David Wilcock/PA Archive/Press Association Images

New figures released today show crime is down in Gloucestershire for the ninth year in a row.

The details released by the Home Office show crime fell in by 12.7% between April 1 2012 and March 31 2013 - that’s 4393 fewer offences.

The biggest reduction was seen in burglaries, which reduced by 17.6%.

There were also reductions in criminal damage (-16.16%) and robbery (-14.68).

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry welcomed the news:

“These figures reflect the hard work being carried out by many agencies and individuals, as well as communities across Gloucestershire. I would like to thank them all for their continued support.

“We recognise that crime levels will always fluctuate and sometimes increase but we will continue to work hard in every respect to serve the communities of Gloucestershire.

“The reduction in burglaries highlights how work like Operation Spa can have a positive impact on communities. These aren’t just statistics – there were 4393 fewer crimes in the county between 2012 and 2013 which translates to 4393 fewer victims.

One crime is one too many though and we will continue our hard work to continue making the county safe.”