Crime figures fall in country for eighth year running

CRIME in Derbyshire has fallen for the eighth year running, according to latest figures.

Overall crime reduced from 68,005 in 2009/10 to 65,884 in 2010/11.

The end of year figures also saw domestic burglary reduced by two per cent, vehicle crime by 16 per cent and criminal damage by 12 per cent.

Anti-social behaviour incidents were reduced by seven per cent. Violent crime rose by four per cent, said a force spokesman.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon said it was a “fantastic achievement”.

He said the Government scrapping of all of the various targets that were imposed on the police and replacement with one single target of reducing crime was the right thing to do.

“There needs to be a distinction between crime reduction and crime prevention,” he said.

“When we arrest someone who is causing public disorder and stop a fight developing, again a crime is recorded, as it is when we act on intelligence and carry out a drugs raid or when we work for weeks to get the confidence of a victim to report multiple offending against themselves over a historical period, added Chf Con Creedon.

“Simplistically, not all the crimes we record are the result of people being a victim at that moment, but clearly that is the sort of action the public want us to carry.

“There needs to be recognition that many crimes are generated by pro-active police work.”