Crime figures show fall

CRIME has fallen in Cambridgeshire, with several thousand fewer victims compared to last year, annual figures have revealed.

Home Office statistics for the year ending March 31 show there were 56,583 crimes in 2010/2011, a fall of six per cent on the year before when there were 60,017.

It was a similar story for burglary, vehicle crime, robbery and criminal damage, which all fell compared to 2009/10.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour also dropped by 11 per cent, from 47,829 to 42,435, with more than 5,000 fewer offences.

Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “These figures show that despite the challenging times we are going through, we are continuing to successfully tackle crime.

“It is particularly pleasing to see reports of anti-social behaviour down by more than 5000 and significant reductions in crimes which cause distress, such as burglary and robbery.

“However, we are not complacent and we will not let up in our efforts to drive down crime by targeting offenders.

“We are facing financial challenges but these will not deter us from our aim to make criminals fear crime and its consequences, not the public.”

Figures did show that sex offences were slightly up - rising by two per cent to 771 offences.

Violence against a person also rose - up by three per cent - to 10,809 offences.

However, criminal damage was down by 20 per cent and domestic burglaries were down by 13 per cent to 3,317.

On balance total crime was down by six per cent to 56,583 offences.