Crime in South Cambridgeshire falls

CRIME in Cambridgeshire Police’s Southern Division is at a four year low after new figures revealed a reduction in offences.

Statistics released by the county’s constabulary revealed there were 22,150 crimes recorded for 2010/11 in the Southern Division, compared with 23,494 the previous year.

Burglary, vehicle crime and robbery figures all fell from the 2009/10 year too as the overall figure dropped by 5.7 per cent.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mead from the Cambridgeshire Police Southern Division said: “To put these figures into context, there are more than 100 villages within this division.

“With an average of 60 offences per day across this entire area, statistically the odds of becoming a victim of crime are incredibly low.

“The division sees an average of 22 people arrested every day, many for more than one offence. The reduction in offences of dwelling burglary, vehicle crime, robbery and violent crime are particularly pleasing.

“I hope that these crime figures reassure people that, on a daily basis, officers continue to relentlessly pursue those who commit crime.”

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Three-and-a-half thousand fewer crimes were reported in Cambridgeshire as a whole, with 56,620 crimes reported, compared to 60,143 the year before – a fall of six per cent.

Statistics for the Southern Division

Dwelling burglary has fallen from 1,604 to 1,525 a reduction of 4.9 per cent.

Robbery has reduced from 220 to 211, a decrease of 4.1 per cent.

Vehicle crime has dropped from 2,279 to 2,099 a reduction of 7.9 per cent.

All recorded violence with injury has fallen from 1,566 to 1,490 a drop of 4.9 per cent.

Criminal damage has reduced from 3,653 to 2,820 a reduction of 22.8 per cent.

Racially aggravated crime has fallen 9.8 per cent from 133 to 120.

Anti-social behaviour has decreased from 15,931 to 14,034, a drop of 11.9 per cent.

The overall detection rate has risen 1.9 per cent from 25.2 per cent (5,913) to 27.1 per cent (6,005).

In the last 12 months, the burglary detection rate has risen from 12.4 per cent (199 crimes solved) to 30.6 per cent (466 solved).