Statistics released by the Home Office today (Thursday, 19 July) show crime has fallen within Merseyside for the sixth consecutive year since 2005/06.
Overall crime has dropped by 3.5 per cent for the period April 2011 to March 2012 ,equating to 3,552 fewer offences and an overall reduction in crime of 44.8 per cent since 2005/06.
The figures show the Force has achieved significant reductions in drug offences, violence against the person, vehicle crime and criminal damage. In addition, the encouragement of greater reporting by victims of sexual offences has seen more offences of a sexual nature being reported to Merseyside Police.
Merseyside Police has seen a signifcant reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in the last 12 months from 72,775 to 63,305 – a fall of 13 per cent. In a recent HMIC report victim satisfaction in Merseyside was rated as ‘outstanding’ at 97 per cent – one of the highest satisfaction rates in the country. However, the Force is not complacent and
continually looks at ways to improve responses to victims’ needs.
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “I am pleased to say that overall crime continues to fall on Merseyside and this is testament to the dedication and professionalism of our officers and staff as well as the work we do with our partners and communities.
“For the past six years we have seen continual reductions in crime amounting to 78,428 fewer victims and we remain committed to doing all we can to provide the best possible policing service to the people of Merseyside.
“Despite the successes we are not complacent and as with any large metropolitan force area there remains areas where we will keep striving to improve so that we can better serve the people of Merseyside.
“By continuing to work with our partners and our local communities, and by taking robust action against criminals, we continue to be completely committed to preventing crime, bringing offenders to justice, supporting victims and protecting communities across Merseyside.”
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