Suffolk sees an overall fall in crime but an increase in robbery

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The latest crime figures show an overall reduction in crime across Suffolk but an increase in the number of robberies reported.

Figures issued by Suffolk police show that 45,641 crimes were reported in Suffolk between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012, 716 less than the year before. Assistant chief constable Paul Marshall said: “It is extremely pleasing that for the sixth consecutive year overall crime has fallen across the county.”

Robbery was the only crime that saw an increase in offences with 28 more crimes committed in 2011/12 than in 2010/2011.

Assistant Chief Constable Marshall said: “Robberies remain an area of concern and in view of the upturn in offences Suffolk Police Authority has determined this to be a top priority for the force this year.”

The largest drop was seen in criminal damage and arson both of which saw a 11 per cent reduction across the county.

Domestic burglary and vehicle crime both recorded a two per cent reduction and violence against the person saw a small reduction of 23 crimes.

Joanna Spicer, chairman of the Suffolk Police Authority said: “This is very encouraging news.

“We are facing very challenging times financially and this decrease in crime figures across the county reflects our endeavours to secure an efficient and effective policing service for Suffolk and remain one of the lowest cost forces in the country.”