Crime contines to fall in Lancs

GOING: A number of Police Community Support Officers are set to go. (S)
GOING: A number of Police Community Support Officers are set to go. (S)

LANCASHIRE continues to remain a safe place, with higher than average crime reductions according to Home Office figures.

The statistics show an 8.6% reduction in all crime from October 2009 to September 2010, which means 9,795 less victims of crime in comparison to the same period the year before. This compares to the national average of a 7% reduction.

Some individual categories of crime have seen significant reductions, with burglary down by 11.9%, which equates to 594 households being spared the misery of crime. Offences against vehicles are down 14.4% or 1,624 less victims, and violence against the person is down 5.9%, which is 1,383 less crimes.

Commenting on the figures, Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “Lancashire has always been known for high performance and as these figures show, this remains the case.

“Crime levels are currently extremely low, making this county one of the safest places in the country to live and work; a fact that I hope reassures our local communities.

“Police and partner agencies work hard to keep the county safe and I am delighted that these efforts appear to have paid off, with almost 10,000 people being spared the misery of becoming victims of crime.“

Mr Finnigan urged the public, and partner agencies, to continue to work with Lancashire Constabulary to keep crime levels low.

He said: “We are committed to keeping crime low and assistance from the public and partner agencies will be crucial if we are to do this, particularly during the current period of austerity, which will bring with it unprecedented change.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their help to date and to urge them to continue to support us in our efforts to keep the county safe.”

Chair of Lancashire Police Authority Malcolm Doherty said: “These figures show that even in these challenging times, the crimes that people tell us matter most to them are being tackled.

“The priority at the current time is the preservation of a policing service that meets the needs of our communities and keeps them safe. These excellent performance figures illustrate that everyone is working very hard to achieve this.”