Derbyshire’s crime rates are falling faster than rest of the East Midlands

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DERBYSHIRE Police are making continued progress in their fight to drive down crime rates and make the county safer, it has been revealed.

Latest figures presented to Derbyshire Police Authority show the force made reductions across many categories of crime between April and December 2011.

Overall crime fell by 5.2 per cent, which represents 2,620 fewer offences and puts Derbyshire in first place in the region for crime reduction.

Violent crime and Serious Acquisitive Crime (SAC) levels saw reductions in the first nine months of the year ,with assault causing less serious injury seeing a reduction of 22.2 per cent (1,338 offences) and SAC, which includes burglary, theft and robbery, dropping by 10.3 per cent (95 offences).

Derbyshire is also solving more offences with the resolution rate for all crime improving from 33.6 per cent last year to 37 per cent between April and December – placing the force second within the region.

Meanwhile, satisfaction levels among the public are also improving.

A total of 70.6 per cent of people have confidence in the police in their local area and 82.7 per cent of crime victims surveyed say they are satisfied with the action taken by staff and officers.

Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “The Police Authority continues to be impressed with the performance success achieved by the force, especially when viewed in the context of the challenging financial circumstances we have found ourselves in and the impact of these on our resources.”