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NEW crime figures have revealed that Mid Suffolk is the safest place to live in Suffolk.

The area had the lowest crime rate last year, with 3,376 crimes recorded in 2010-2011, almost a quarter of the number of crimes in Ipswich for the same period.

The figures, available from The Suffolk Observatory website, breaks down data from the Office of National Statistics to show what types of crimes are being committed and where.

Mid Suffolk village Fressingfield recorded the county’s lowest crime rate, with just 31 recorded incidents in a year - and nine other Mid Suffolk wards recorded less than one crime a week.

Stowmarket Central ward - which includes the town centre and Ipswich Street - recorded the highest crime rate in Mid Suffolk with 502.

But Alexandra ward, in Ipswich, saw Suffolk’s highest crime rate with 3,852 police call outs in the year.

The crime rate for Mid Suffolk seems to being keeping on an even keel, with no considerable changes in recent years - 2007-2008 saw 3,560 incidents, there were 3,333 recorded crimes in 2008-2009 and 3,231 in 2009-2010, with a slight increase to this year’s figure.

John Spitzer, community safety officer, said: “I’m very pleased with the results and how Mid Suffolk has stacked up. It doesn’t come as a surprise, but I’m really pleased.

“It’s all down to the close working relationships between police, councils, local residents and all the partners that make up the safer neighbourhood team - and the idyllic rural setting helps.”

He said the partners will continue to work hard to maintain the trend.

Anti-social behaviour was included on the Suffolk Observatory website - as a separate figure - with Mid Suffolk having more than 3,500 recorded incidents, including street drinking, hoax calls and noise nuisance.

The biggest anti-social problem in 2010-2011 was rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour, with a total of 1,549 incidents. But the district saw no problems with begging or vagrancy.

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