Crime at 10-year low but robbery and burglary up

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ROBBERY, violence and burglary have risen in Suffolk this year despite the county showing a 10-year low in recorded crime.

Suffolk Police announced this week that the county’s crime was at its lowest in a decade, with 92 fewer crimes recorded than last year.

However, robbery has increased by 23 per cent, burglary by six per cent, and violence against the person up by one per cent.

The reduction in overall crime is partly down to a fall in recorded vandalism which fell by five per cent, with 563 fewer cases.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Marshall said it had been a challenging year.

He said: “This year has seen a large increase in robberies in Suffolk and this is something we have been keen to address. We also recognised a worrying trend in serious acquisitive crime and have worked hard to put this right.

“The first quarter of the financial year was very disappointing, with an increase of 13 per cent compared to 2009/10 but having introduced measures to reduce this figure we ended the year with only a 7 per cent increase. One of the major factors of this reduction was the introduction of Operation Apache, where prolific offenders across Suffolk were identified and openly monitored.”

Operation Apache targeted 30 offenders, eight of them from the Bury area. During the operation, 134 offences were recorded resulting in 28 arrests, with the eight in the Bury area arrested 12 times between them.