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First Quarter Crime stats show Crime falls again in Staffordshire



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There were almost 1,500 fewer crimes in Staffordshire between April and June compared to the same period last year.

Offences dropped by 9.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2012/13 (1 April to 30 June) from 16,552 to 15,007 as Staffordshire Police continued to work with partners to make local communities even safer.

This included a 2.2 per cent drop in serious acquisitive crime – which includes burglary, vehicle crime and robbery – from 2,094 to 2,047.

Violent crime with injury also continued to fall – down 5.6 per cent from 1,762 to 1,664.

Meanwhile, almost nine out of ten (86.6 per cent) of crime victims said they were satisfied with the overall service provided by police and 91.2 per cent of victims of anti-social behaviour were satisfied.

The number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in the period also dropped - by 6.7 per cent, from 75 to 70.

Assistant Chief Constable Julian Blazeby said: "It’s really pleasing to know that there were hundreds fewer victims of crime as a result of the excellent work that’s ongoing in our communities by police officers, PCSOs, volunteers and partners.

"We’re determined to do all we can to continue to provide a quality service to the people of Staffordshire.

"Crime levels have been heading in the right direction across the county and Stoke-on-Trent for several years, but we’re not complacent.

"Initiatives such as Operation Impact – which is targeting burglars and car thieves through a variety of means – are continuing to reap rewards.

"We’re also working to drive violent crime down through Operation Safer Nights which tackles alcohol-related violence in town and city centres across the force area.

"As well as responding promptly and professionally to major crimes, we’re just as committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in local communities. It’s very encouraging that the number of ASB victims who are satisfied with the overall response our officers provide has now risen above 90 per cent.

"We want people to be safe and feel safe, whether at home, work or socialising, and we’re committed to dealing with the things that matter the most to our communities."

David Pearsall, Chair of Staffordshire Police Authority, added: "Staffordshire Police Authority is responsible for making sure local people are getting the best possible service from their police force. In that regard, these latest crime and satisfaction figures are very pleasing.

It is good news that the force is continuing to improve performance as it strives to work with partners and local communities to make Staffordshire even safer."

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