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Overall crime in Lancashire falls, but sexual offences on the rise

Posted on - 21st October, 2011 - 10:40am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News

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Overall crime in Lancashire is falling, according to Home Office figures released yesterday.

The findings show a 4.8 percent reduction in overall crime from July 2010 to June 2011, which is 5,063 fewer victims of crime compared to the same period the year before.

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The national average of crime reduction was 4 percent. You can compare the latest figures with previous figures using the interactive graph below.

However, sexual offences across Lancashire saw an increase of 4 percent, as did violence with injury offences, with an increase of 5.6 percent.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Crime levels are currently low, making this county one of the safest places in the county to live and work, and I hope this reassures our local communities.

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“We work hard with our partner agencies to keep the county safe and I am pleased that these efforts continue to pay off, with over 5,000 fewer people being spared the misery of becoming victims of crime.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to keep crime levels low and I urge the public to continue to support us in our efforts to keep Lancashire safe.”

Chair of the Police Authority, Malcolm Doherty said: “Understandably, people simply want to be safe and feel safe, regardless of the financial challenge faced by the police.

“It is our job to make sure they are safe. These figures show that in the face of unprecedented change to meet that financial challenge, remarkably the Constabulary has successfully continued to focus on cutting crime.

“The ongoing reductions in burglary, vehicle crime, drug offences and criminal damage, which are those crimes of most concern to the public, illustrate that once again, Lancashire Constabulary continues to be a top performing police force.”

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