Overall crime across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has fallen by 6.7% - that is over 6,000 fewer recorded offences. Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer is encouraged by these latest figures but recognises there is still much work to do:
There has been significant falls in domestic burglaries – down nearly 21% and vehicle crime is down by over 12%. Criminal damage – the sort of crimes that blight our neighbourhoods has also fallen by nearly 14% and robbery has fallen by just over 16%.
There is more work to do though, particularly around violent crime. Last year violence with injury had increased across the force area. This is a priority area for us and I’m pleased to say that this has fallen by nearly 4%.
The wider, violence against the person measure (offences where there is no physical injury) saw an increase of over 5% which remind us there are challenges we continue to face.
I have asked my senior officers to look at this area in detail and put in place plans to address this measure which I hope will begin to bear fruit next year.
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