Peak crime rate falls once more

CRIME levels in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales have dropped for the eighth consecutive year, new figures show.

Overall figures show that there were 880 fewer victims of crime in 2010/11 compared to the previous year, with the total number of recorded crimes for the area reducing by more than ten per cent.

The statistics also show that domestic burglary has reduced by 20 per cent, vehicle crime is down 27 per cent and criminal damage by 20 per cent.

Anti-social behaviour incidents were reduced by six percent and violent crime has reduced by four per cent.

There has also been a rise in the positive outcome rate for the division from 31 per cent in 2009/10 to 35 per cent in 2010/11. This includes crime solved to the satisfaction of the victim, through various methods including Restorative Justice resolutions, and represents those crimes where an offender has been identified and the.

Chief Superintendent Peter Lewis, who is responsible for policing in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales said: “The achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our local officers, our links with partnership agencies and the public for their support, especially our Key Individuals, Neighbourhood and other watch members, for their contribution.”

Buxton Section, which is headed by Inspector Martin Coey, also has responsibility for policing parts of the Hope Valley including Castleton, Edale and Bamford.

Overall in the Hope Valley, there have been 420 fewer victims of crime during the 2010/11 period, and a reduction in overall crime of 15 per cent.

There has been a 33 per cent reduction in criminal damage, while burglary – both dwelling and non-dwelling – has seen a reduction of 26 per cent, and and vehicle crime is down by nine percent.