Crime has fallen by 14 per cent in the East of England under this government, according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS publication ‘Crime in England and Wales Year Ending March 2013’ includes results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and crimes recorded by the police for the 12 months up to March 2013.
Over this period, April 2012 – March 2013, recorded crime has fallen by 10 per cent in the East of England.
Figures show total recorded crime has dropped in all the region’s police forces under this government.
Statistics for the year ending March 2013 show:
• Bedfordshire – crime down 11 per cent
• Cambridgeshire – crime down 10 per cent
• Essex – crime down 5 per cent
• Hertfordshire – crime down 14 per cent
• Norfolk – crime down 10 per cent
• Suffolk – crime down 12 per cent
Welcoming the figures, the Home Secretary praised the work of police in the fight against crime.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Today’s statistics show that our police reforms are continuing to deliver results across the East of England.
“Recorded crime is down by more than ten per cent across the country under this government, and 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 across the East of England have shown an impressive ability to rise to the challenge of making savings while still cutting crime.
“This government has played its part by slashing red tape and scrapping targets to enable the police to focus on crime fighting. We have encouraged chief constables to make savings in back offices to give renewed focus on the frontline and we are seeing the benefits of those efficiencies. We have also set up a College of Policing to ensure the police are better equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to fight crime.
“England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades, but we will continue to improve our national crime fighting capability when the National Crime Agency is fully operational later this year.”
In the year to the end of March 2013, the independent Crime Survey of England and Wales shows that overall crime fell by 9 per cent to the lowest level since the survey began in 1981. Police recorded crime fell by 7 per cent in the year to the end of March 2013, with crime falling in every police force in England and Wales.
Crime fighting initiatives in the region include
• A campaign to protect Bedfordshire’s Muslim communities;
• A crackdown on bike thefts in Cambridgeshire;
• The launch of a crime-fighting fund in Essex;
• Hertfordshire’s Operation Scorpion to tackle burglary, robbery, car crime and drugs;
• A domestic violence initiative in Norfolk; and
• The Suffolk Homeshield Service to protect vulnerable people.