Crime down and detection goes up

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Crime in Derbyshire continues to fall – and police are resolving more incidents than last year, latest data shows.

Figures presented to members of Derbyshire Police Authority reveal overall crime between April and October this year fell by 6.3 per cent compared to 2.8 per cent for the 12 months to April.

Phillip Hickson, chairman of the Authority, said: “These figures paint a very positive picture of the work the Constabulary and Authority is undertaking to make Derbyshire a safer place for everyone and is especially pleasing considering the difficult financial period.”

The force saw reductions across many categories, the largest being serious sexual offences which fell by 20.6 per cent (103 offences) compared to last year’s figure.

Burglary, vehicle crime and robbery fell by 2.4 per cent and anti-social behaviour incidents dropped 11.5 per cent.

The number of offences in which an offender is identified and dealt with improved from 33.6 per cent to 36.3 per cent.

More victims of crime – 81.8 per cent – are satisfied with the way they are being kept informed of the progress of their case, the second highest satisfaction rate in the region.