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21 October 2011, 08:14
Total crime in Hampshire has dropped by four per cent in the past year, a Home Office report has revealed.
Sexual offences are down by 9%, while there’s been an 11% drop in criminal damage. Incidents involving violence against a person are down 7% overall.
The latest figures show burglaries are up though, by 5%.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said: “We are strongly committed to protecting our communities and we have worked hard over the last 12 months to do so.
“Burglary remains a priority for the constabulary with figures showing there is still work to be done to drive incidents down. However, we are satisfied that at a time of significant change and economic downturn that we have achieved good progress driving overall crime down.
“We are committed to protecting the number of staff in the three policing Areas and feel that this has made an important contribution to these achievements.”
Between June 2010 and June 2011, 132,885 incidents were reported to Hampshire Police. Of these 31,319 were acts of violence against a person, 14,522 were burglaries, 1,998 were sexual offences, 1,069 robberies and 5,941 drug offences.
The force also recorded 12,301 vehicle crimes.
Mr Marsh added: “It is encouraging to see that the ongoing efforts to tackle anti social behaviour through campaigns, and the outstanding work of our safer Neighbourhoods teams is having a positive affect in resolving long term issues within our communities.
“Of course there is always room for improvement and despite increasingly challenging times Hampshire Constabulary is still always striving to build on its successes.”