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POLICE watchdogs have praised new performance figures which show Derbyshire Constabulary is making huge strides in tackling burglary and robbery in the county.

Levels of Serious Acquisitive Crime – the term used by the Home Office to group offences of burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, fell by 15 per cent between April and August compared to last year’s reduction of 10.5 per cent.

This represents 666 fewer offences – the second highest drop among the region’s police forces.

Robbery on its own fell 32.5 per cent during the same period – 126 fewer offences – compared to the same period last year. This improvement has seen Derbyshire Constabulary rise through the ranks of forces nationally in the context of burglary rates from 31st place to 27th.

In addition, Derbyshire Constabulary’s resolution rate for Serious Acquisitive Crime improved from 17.5 per cent to 19 per cent in the first five months of the year, showing the force is also solving more of this type of crimes.

The figures were presented to members of Derbyshire Police Authority to provide an update on police performance.

Total recorded crime is falling at a faster rate than last year at – 5.2 per cent from April to August 2011 compared to the same period the previous year when the figure was -2.8 per cent. This represents 1,529 fewer offences.

Meanwhile, the number of people who said they were satisfied with the service provided by the police rose by over 4 per cent to 88.2 per cent.

Confidence in policing also improved from last year’s figure of 66.5 per cent to 70.2 per cent.

Derbyshire Constabulary has implemented a number of initiatives in recent months to drive down robbery, focusing on hotspots in the county. This includes moving fixed and mobile CCTV cameras to areas where incident rates are high and crime prevention work within schools and universities to highlight the issues.