Crime figures continue to fall in Hertfordshire
OVERALL, recorded crime between April 2008 and March 2009 fell in Hertfordshire compared with the previous year. Crime rates remain low and detection rates are continuing to increase. The picture emerges from the national crime statistics which have just
OVERALL, recorded crime between April 2008 and March 2009 fell in Hertfordshire compared with the previous year. Crime rates remain low and detection rates are continuing to increase.
The picture emerges from the national crime statistics which have just been released.
For the twelve-month period, overall recorded crime in Hertfordshire fell by five per cent, violent crime fell by nine per cent and motor vehicle crime fell by 12 per cent.
Rates of crime in the county compared to the national picture also remained low across main crime types with 71 offences per 1,000 population compared to 86 nationally.
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Hertfordshire's overall crime detection rate rose for the seventh year running to 33 per cent compared to the national average of 28 per cent.
In another measure, 61 per cent of Hertfordshire residents said they thought that their local police were doing a good or excellent job compared to the national figure of 53 per cent.
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Knife crime does not feature as a problem in Hertfordshire. The Home Office statistics show that knife and sharp instrument serious offences in the county for 2008/9 fell to 200 from 222 the previous year. This compares, for example, to 12,259 in the London region and 37,830 nationally.
The one cause for concern in the figures was that while overall burglary fell by three per cent, the burglary of dwellings, after falling to its lowest ever level in 2006/2007, rose by nine per cent in 2008/9. However, significant work has been put in to tackling burglary and since April burglary of dwellings has fallen by over 12 per cent.
Chief Constable Frank Whiteley said: "These statistics should help reassure residents that Hertfordshire is a safe county in which overall crime is continuing to fall and that criminals are more likely to be caught and punished for the crimes they commit.