Crime Falls On Merseyside By Seven Percent

Statistics released by the Home Office today (Thursday 24 January) show that crime has continued to fall on Merseyside for the sixth year running with a reduction of 44 percent since 2005/06.

In the 12 months to September last year the force saw a further reduction in reported crime of 7.1 percent meaning there were more than 7,000 fewer victims of crime in Merseyside.

The figures show the force achieved greater reductions than the national average for burglary, robbery, vehicle crime, drugs offences and sex crimes. Theft and criminal damage have also been reduced.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: “After such consistent falls in crime throughout the last six years it is reassuring to see a further reduction in Merseyside, and I would like to thank local people for their assistance in keeping Merseyside a safe place to live, work and visit.

“I am pleased to see there have been 7,048 fewer offences committed in Merseyside in the 12 months to September 2012 compared with the previous year, as well as significant reductions in acquisitive and violent crime such as robbery, assault and burglary. These are offences which concern local people and it is really good news that levels continue to fall”.

“This is testament to the hard work and dedication of the police officers and staff of Merseyside Police, working with our partners and community itself in challenging times. We will not be complacent and will continue to do all that we can to ensure that the people of Merseyside continue to receive the excellent standard of policing that they deserve.”

Jane Kennedy, Police Commissioner for Merseyside, said: “These are very encouraging figures which demonstrate that Merseyside’s reputation as a safe place to live, work and visit are justified. It does not, however, diminish the determination of myself and Merseyside Police to continue to tackle all crime robustly.”

The National Crime Statistics can be found at

• They show that on Merseyside, in the 12 months to September 2012, compared with the same period the year before, that:

• Total crime fell by 7.1 per cent (equivalent to 7,048 recorded offences).

• Violence against the person is down by 2.7 per cent.

• Vehicle crime has fallen by 9.3 per cent.

• Drug offences have fallen by 14.4 per cent.

• Sexual offences have fallen by 7.7 per cent.

• Robbery offences have fallen by 16.3 per cent.

• Burglary offences have fallen by 10 per cent

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