Cambridgeshire police top table for fighting crime, new figures show

Chief Constable Simon Parr is pleased with a 9 per cent fall in crime – more than double the drop in offences nationally.

Crime is at its lowest level in two decades and the Cambridgeshire force is at the top of the league table for constabularies in the East of England for driving down crime, new figures released by the Office of National Statistics today show.

Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had a 6 per cent fall from 2010/11 compared to 2011/12.

Suffolk and Norfolk had a 2 per cent drop while Essex had a 2 per cent increase.

The region as a whole had a 3 per cent fall in crime overall while nationally crime was down 4 per cent.

In Cambridgeshire violence fell by 15 per cent, sex attacks by 9 per cent, robbery by 32 per cent, burglary by 7 per cent, vehicle crime by 15 per cent and only drug offences were up by 26 per cent but police say that is because of targeted operations to drive out dealers.

The data comes as police face the toughest challenges to policing in its history with budget cuts of 20 per cent.

Mr Parr said: “In the context of the change the force is going through, these figures are particularly pleasing and show our resolve to improve performance and make Cambridgeshire a hostile place for criminals remains strong.

“However, we will not be complacent and I am looking forward to seeing the force’s restructure bedding in and helping us to improve further.”

In Cambridgeshire a total of 51,000 crimes were committed, 40,000 in Bedfordshire, 62,000 in Hertfordshire, more than 40,000 in both Suffolk and Norfolk and 105,000 in Essex.

Nationally, police recorded 3.97 million crimes last year, the first time it has fallen below 4 million since 1989.

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