Figures show drop in crime

CRIME in Herts dropped over a three-month period, new Home Office figures revealed today (Thursday) The period between July and September last year saw a reduction of 13 per cent in the county. Ian Laidlaw-Dickson, chairman of the Herts Police Authority,

CRIME in Herts dropped over a three-month period, new Home Office figures revealed today (Thursday)

The period between July and September last year saw a reduction of 13 per cent in the county.

Ian Laidlaw-Dickson, chairman of the Herts Police Authority, described the figures as "encouraging".

But chief constable Frank Whiteley said that despite the drop in crime the constabulary would not become complacent.


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In Herts during the three-month period, there was a drop of 36 per cent in violent crime; 23 per cent in sex offences and 24 per cent in robbery.

There was a 6 per cent reduction in vehicle crime after seeing an increase in previous months.

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Drug offences, however, did increase by 22 per cent which showed increased police activity in targeting drug dealers and drug users.

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