Crime in Suffolk down while crimes solved rise

Suffolk's Chief Constable Douglas Paxton  ENGANL00120130815152326
Suffolk's Chief Constable Douglas Paxton ENGANL00120130815152326
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Crime in Suffolk dropped by more than seven per cent last year and more crimes were solved.

Figures released this morning reveal crime recorded in Suffolk between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, were down 7.1 per cent on the same period last year. At the same time, the number of crimes solved rose by 2.4 per cent.

The 36,441 crimes recorded in the county was 2,793 fewer than in the same period in 2012/13 while 35.1 per cent were solved.

The figures also show violence against the person decreased by 1.5 per cent to 107 crimes and vehicle crime dropped 10 per cent to 382 crimes.

Robbery was down by 17 per cent to only 43 crimes. Criminal damage decreased by almost seven per cent, with 462 fewer crimes and domestic burglary dropped by 24 per cent to 453 crimes.

However, drug offences reported increased by 6.3 per cent to 116 crimes.

At the same time, performance in other areas such as speed of attendance at emergency incidents and victim satisfaction have improved, helping the Constabulary meet nearly all the performance measures contained in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.

Chief Constable Douglas Paxton said: “Our performance this year reflects an organisation which is dedicated and determined to make Suffolk safer.

“Crime is down and our solved rate is up, reflecting a real team effort by officers and staff across the force.

“It is important to remember that crime statistics don’t give the full picture of a local policing service. Our figures show that victim satisfaction has increased and we are attending over 90 per cent of our emergency incidents within our target, which is an improvement on last year.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “I am extremely pleased that the Constabulary’s delivery of our policing plan is showing such positive results.”