Staffordshire Police is continuing to cut crime across the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area.
There were nearly 5,000 (4,926) fewer recorded crimes in Staffordshire between April 2011 and end of March 2012, compared to the same period last year – a drop of almost seven per cent from 70,637 offences to 65,711.
Overall crime has fallen significantly in recent years - there were over 39,000 less recorded crimes in the county last year compared to five years ago (104,336 in 2006/07 compared to 65,711 in 2011/12).
Figures show serious acquisitive crime - which includes burglary, robbery and vehicle crime – fell to 8,342 from 9,272 , a drop of 10 per cent.
Residents are reminded of some simple crime prevention measures which can protect them against becoming a victim of crime.
Assistant Chief Constable Julian Blazeby said:
"I am really pleased that less recorded crimes means there are less victims of crime. People’s homes are getting safer, so are their vehicles and other property and, importantly, so are they.
"The reductions clearly illustrate the ongoing determination of the force and our partners to provide a quality service to the people of Staffordshire.
"Behind all of these figures there is a simple mission to keep communities safe and reassured: Staffordshire is a safe place and it’s getting even safer.
This is a real tribute to the efforts of police, partners and local communities working together to deal with what matters."
David Pearsall, Chair of Staffordshire Police Authority, said:
"The Police Authority is responsible for holding the force to account for its performance. We’re delighted to see that crime trends are continuing to head in a down-ward direction.
"Most importantly, those crimes which Staffordshire citizens tell us matter most to them are continuing to fall markedly and this is a real tribute to the excellent support and cooperation we receive from local communities."
Helpful pretentitive crime measures:
- keep windows secured, particularly when leaving home, or when going into the back garden or going upstairs
- ensure valuable items are not left in plain view and in easy
- reach of an open window
- fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to windows that are in easy reach
- keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes
- keep garages and sheds secure
- fit low cost security lighting as a deterrent
Some hot tips to avoid your vehicle being broken into include:-
- Ensure your vehicle is securely locked, including passenger doors and sun roof, and that alarms or immobilisers are switched on
- Remove all belongings from the vehicle – even a bag of rubbish could convince a thief there is something worth stealing
- Take your sat nav with you remembering to remove the cradle and wipe any sucker marks off the dashboard or windscreen. Leaving the cradle in place tells the crooks that the sat nav might be in the glove box or boot
- Never leave your keys in the ignition whilst warming your vehicle up in cold weather or as you pop into a shop
- Park in a garage if you have one or park under street lights if possible
- Remove work equipment from your vehicle
- Keep your car keys in a safe place so if someone breaks into your home they cannot steal your vehicle as well.