Crime rate drop is one of biggest in country

Crime rate drop is one of biggest in country

Crime rate drop is one of biggest in country

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Crime rates in Sussex have seen one of the biggest drops in the country, according to Government figures.

The number of crimes recorded by Sussex Police dropped by 10% in 2013 compared to a year earlier, according to new data compiled by the Office of National Statistics.

Sussex Police saw the second biggest drop of all forces in the country – second only to Northamptonshire Police.

The biggest drops were a 16% decrease in robberies, a 10% drop in burglaries and a 21% reduction in thefts from a person.

The only rise in crime was a 14% increase in sexual offences – but it was lower than other south east forces including Kent, where there was a 49% increase and in the Thames Valley, where reported offences rose by 32%.

In total there were more than 84,000 crimes reported to Sussex Police last year including 14,822 violent crimes against people and 45,439 thefts.

Superintendent Steve Curry said a major factor in the drop in theft from person crime was Operation Tealeaf, which targeted a specific problem in Brighton’s night-time economy in particular focusing on mobile phone thefts.

He added: “We know that sexual crime, along with domestic abuse, has been seriously under-reported in the past, but both nationally and locally, work has been going on among many agencies, including the police, to encourage victims of sexual crimes to come forward. It is a priority for policing in Sussex.

“This is probably the main factor in the rise and I believe this reflects that victims have a growing trust and confidence in reporting, rather than a significant increase in the number of crimes that are taking place.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Although it is good to see a reduction in recorded crime in Sussex, I am not complacent and will continue to scrutinise the figures and hold the Chief Constable to account throughout my term in office.

“I want to see a continued increase in the reporting of domestic abuse, serious sexual offences, antisocial behaviour and hate crimes as this shows that people are feeling more confident in reporting these crimes to the police.”

She added that part of the rise in the police council tax precept will be put towards investigating rape and other serious sexual offences.

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6:46am Thu 1 May 14

IratusFurcifer says...

Strange given the cuts made on policing and stations that have been shut down over the last few years.
Perhaps if we get rid of policing completely then crime will disappear altogether..........
or maybe it's just that there will be no one there to record it!
That's the way the government seem to get the figures they want anyway.
Strange given the cuts made on policing and stations that have been shut down over the last few years. Perhaps if we get rid of policing completely then crime will disappear altogether.......... or maybe it's just that there will be no one there to record it! That's the way the government seem to get the figures they want anyway. IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 14

7:04am Thu 1 May 14

whatone says...

Sussex still to be audited, but might this have a bearing on those dropping figures?

"A fifth of crimes in England and Wales could be going unrecorded by police, according to a report."

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-27226110
Sussex still to be audited, but might this have a bearing on those dropping figures? "A fifth of crimes in England and Wales could be going unrecorded by police, according to a report." http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-27226110 whatone
  • Score: 13

8:03am Thu 1 May 14

whatone says...

Sussex yet to be audited, but could this be the reason behind the drop in figures?

"A fifth of crimes in England and Wales could be going unrecorded by police, according to a report."

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-27226110
Sussex yet to be audited, but could this be the reason behind the drop in figures? "A fifth of crimes in England and Wales could be going unrecorded by police, according to a report." http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-27226110 whatone
  • Score: 8

8:58am Thu 1 May 14

monkeymoo says...

A Friend of mine had to call 999 (for the police) last Sunday.
They were told on the phone that no one would be able to respond as all units were tied up in Brighton with the MFE.

Such a shame that due to cuts (by government) this is the case everywhere now.
The Ambulance service already has this problem....

Soon it will be the case with the fire service (please try not to have a car accident or fire...no one will be there to help you).

STICK UP FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
It's YOUR life at risk...Stop this sort of thing from happening by contacting your local MP or council member...Before it's too late!
A Friend of mine had to call 999 (for the police) last Sunday. They were told on the phone that no one would be able to respond as all units were tied up in Brighton with the MFE. Such a shame that due to cuts (by government) this is the case everywhere now. The Ambulance service already has this problem.... Soon it will be the case with the fire service (please try not to have a car accident or fire...no one will be there to help you). STICK UP FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. It's YOUR life at risk...Stop this sort of thing from happening by contacting your local MP or council member...Before it's too late! monkeymoo
  • Score: 11

12:42pm Thu 1 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

“I want to see a continued increase in the reporting of domestic abuse, serious sexual offences, antisocial behaviour and hate crimes as this shows that people are feeling more confident in reporting these crimes to the police.”

Well, Katy, people aren't going to report crimes if your officers aren't even going to bother recording them. After all, you'd hate it if the true crime figure became known, because it would show how out-of-control crime is.

I have no doubt that when officers actually bother to do something about a crime (such as attempting to solve it) they are professional in their approach. The problem appears to be getting them to give a **** in the first place.
“I want to see a continued increase in the reporting of domestic abuse, serious sexual offences, antisocial behaviour and hate crimes as this shows that people are feeling more confident in reporting these crimes to the police.” Well, Katy, people aren't going to report crimes if your officers aren't even going to bother recording them. After all, you'd hate it if the true crime figure became known, because it would show how out-of-control crime is. I have no doubt that when officers actually bother to do something about a crime (such as attempting to solve it) they are professional in their approach. The problem appears to be getting them to give a **** in the first place. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 2

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