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Suffolk: County sees one of the biggest falls in recorded crime, new figures reveal

11:59 18 July 2014

Tim Passmore

Tim Passmore

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Police chiefs in Suffolk last night hailed new figures which revealed the county had seen one of the sharpest falls in recorded crime in the country.

The number of domestic burglaries recorded by the force fell by 24% in 2013/14, compared to the previous year, while the number of robberies fell by 17% in that same period, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

On average, all recorded crimes, including fraud, fell by 9% in Suffolk, which is second only to Northamptonshire, which saw a 13% drop in recorded crime.

Welcoming the figures, Suffolk police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: “It’s wonderful news for Suffolk and I want to congratulate the work the constabulary are doing and the other agencies we work with to put in various diversionary measures.

“I think it shows across the board that we take all crime seriously from domestic abuse to sexual assault to business crime – none of it will be tolerated.

“One of the important lessons here is that we all have a responsibility to report crime and suspicious circumstances.

“This shows that if we all work together we can do very well. Suffolk is a very safe place with an efficient, low-cost force that gets results.”

Suffolk saw a fall in the majority of crimes, except for areas including drug offences, where there was a 6% rise and a 4% spike in bicycle thefts.

Elsewhere in East Anglia, total recorded crime fell by 1% in Essex and 5% in Cambridgeshire. In Norfolk the number of recorded crimes did not change.

The statistics have come just weeks after it was revealed the number of anti-social behaviour incidents had fallen from 33,296 in 2012/13 to 25,770 in 2013/14.

Suffolk Constabulary Chief Constable Douglas Paxton added: “We share a vision with the PCC of making Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest.

“Together, we are committed to providing the best possible service to our communities to keep people safe while tackling the crime and anti-social behaviour issues that concern them the most.

“Our performance this year reflects an organisation which is dedicated and determined to make Suffolk safer.

“Crime is down and our solved rate is up, reflecting a real team effort by officers and staff across the force.”

As part of the plan to tackle crime in Suffolk, research is also currently under way looking into domestic abuse, in an effort to tackle the problem in the county.

People are being invited to raise their issues with Mr Passmore at a meeting at Market Hall in High Street, Saxmundham, on Monday from 6.30pm.

6 comments

  • Here we go again, Recorded crimes not actual. Have you tried reporting a crime lately, first find the number to report the crime, wait twenty minutes, plus, to be put through, then argue your case to see if the police consider your problem to be a crime. (They won't)

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    ElaineD17

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Paul.e . My local snt priority is "engaging with members of the public and attending parish council meetings". Real hot beds of crime and disorder?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • On the face of it, it all looks very good. However it would be interesting to learn the criteria for Recording. Example: Theft from a shed, outbuilding or garage etc is a Burglary not as I suspect recorded as a simple theft. Equally a Mugging where whatever degree of force or fear is used is a Robbery not a theft. Perhaps the police would care to comment?

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    dinosaur detective

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Had a chat with my local SNT team recently where they told me it was force policy to ignore some offences so no wonder recorded crime rates are falling. The No.1 priority for my SNT is parking outside a local takeaway restaurant, says it all really.

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    paul e.

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Well of course the recorded crime rates are dropping - the police themselves are the ones cooking the books. It was around a year ago that this story first came out, and they're still at it. Passmore really ought to step up and DO something, but it's easier to sweep it under the carpet and carry on admiring the emporer's new clothes. Does anyone honestly believe that the level of crime in Suffolk is falling?

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    Alice

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I think the magic word is RECORED not actual crimes. committed

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    pandy

    Friday, July 18, 2014

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