CRIME FALLS AGAIN IN MERSEYSIDE – OCTOBER 2012
 
Statistics released by the Home Office today (Thursday, 18 October) show crime has fallen 
again in Merseyside for the sixth consecutive year since 2005/06.
 
Overall crime has dropped by 5.9 per cent for the period June 2011 to June 2012, from 99,437 offences to 93,522 equating to 5,915 fewer victims.
 
The figures show Merseyside Police has achieved significant reductions in drug offences, robbery, burglary, violence against the person, vehicle crime and criminal damage.
 
The Force has continued to see a signifcant reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in the last 12 months from 68,327, to 61,312 – a fall of 10.3 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: “The latest crime statistics published today show our ongoing determination and dedication to reduce crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and protect the public.
 
“I am pleased to say that crime continues to fall on Merseyside and this is testament to the dedication and professionalism of our officers and staff as well as our work with partners and communities.
 
“For the past six years we have seen continual reductions in crime amounting to 80,357 fewer victims and we remain committed to doing all we can to provide the best possible policing service to the people of Merseyside.
“Despite facing the ongoing financial challenge, the Force is determined to continue to build on the good work reflected in these statistics, to tackle crime and bring offenders to justice while supporting victims and protecting communities across Merseyside.”
 
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