Crime has dropped by more than 16 per cent in North Hertfordshire over the past three years, new figures have revealed.

Data from security industry specialist Get Licensed has revealed that crime dropped from 7,802 offences in 2019 to 6,488 in 2022, with the 16.84 per cent decrease the ninth biggest reduction in the UK.

In 2020, there were 6,503 offences, followed by 5,933 in 2021.

There was also a 10.55 per cent decrease in violent crime over the three-year period, down to 2,416 from 2,701, a 10.55 per cent drop that ranks as the fourth biggest decrease in the UK.

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The figures delighted North Herts Chief Inspector Hannah Treadwell, who praised the hard work of her officers.

"It is a testament to the hard work of my teams that North Herts has the ninth fastest falling crime rate in the country," she said.

"We work hard to tackle crime in North Herts and have a variety of different options and resources available to us to help reduce crime, catch criminals and keep people safe.

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"Our CSP teams include Intervention, who deal with 999 emergencies, the Local Crime Unit, and the Safer Neighbourhood Team, who focus on fixing long and short-term neighbourhood issues, including anti-social behaviour.

"Every report we receive, regardless of the crime, is reviewed to see what opportunities there are to investigate, make arrests and ultimately hold criminals to account for their actions."