The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have today (Thursday 17th October) released the latest national crime figures showing that crime in Wiltshire has dropped by 7% which means nearly 3,300 fewer victims of crime.
The current crime rate within Wiltshire is the seventh lowest in England. The statistics cover the period June 2012 to June 2013 in comparison to the same period the year before.
In addition, Wiltshire Police have seen a substantial reduction of 46.5% in robbery, which is the largest reduction seen nationally. The Force is also third nationally for having the lowest dwelling burglary rates.
Local initiatives continued throughout the summer, to raise awareness of vehicle crime, which has also seen a reduction of 16%. This is the fourth largest rate of reduction in England. This compares to a national reduction of 5.4%. Police continue to help the public keep their personal belongings and vehicles safe.
There has been also been 2.3% reduction in violence against the person, where the victim has sustained an injury. Wiltshire Police remain committed to tackling night time economy issues and encouraging victims of domestic violence to come forward to enable the police to continue to understand and reduce violence within the county.
Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said:
“These statistics illustrate that the hard work of my police officers and staff is effective. However, we could not achieve these reductions without the assistance of the public. I continue to encourage the communities of Wiltshire to keep talking, to me and the Commissioner, about the issues they care about.
Moving forward, I hope to see further reductions influenced by our proactive days of action under Operation Harness. I am committed to a way of working that listens to what is important to the communities that live and work in Wiltshire. Working together with the public, we can continue to see these reductions in crime and protect the quality of life for everyone in this beautiful county.”