Crime falls by 11 per cent
FIGURES this week have revealed an overall 11 per cent drop in crime over a three-month period in Herts. The Home Office survey showed that between April and June this year there was a 14 per cent drop in robbery and a 5 per cent drop in burglary. Ian Lai
FIGURES this week have revealed an overall 11 per cent drop in crime over a three-month period in Herts.
The Home Office survey showed that between April and June this year there was a 14 per cent drop in robbery and a 5 per cent drop in burglary.
Ian Laidlaw-Dickson, chairman of the Herts Police Authority, described the figures as "encouraging".
He said: "These figures are building on overall reductions in crime in the preceding years."
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And chief constable Frank Whiteley said that reduction showed the "excellent work" being carried by police in the county.
But the figures revealed, too, a 29 per cent increase in drug offences which Herts police said was due to the active targeting of drug dealers and drug-users.
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Mr Whiteley said: "The rise in drug offences reflects our proactive approach in tackling drug dealers before they can become established."
Other figures showed a 15 per cent drop in sexual offences and a 25 per cent drop in offences that caused less serious injury.