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Fall in Merseyside crime
11:05am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
Merseyside crime fell for the seventh month in succession, official figures have revealed.
Overall crime fell by 2.8% in the 12 months to June 2013 meaning there were 2,577 fewer victims of recorded offences.
The figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show Merseyside Police has achieved significant double-digit reductions in homicides (murders and manslaughter), burglaries, drugs offences and public order incidents.
However, incidents of violent crime and sexual offences increased.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: "After such large and consistent falls in crime in consecutive years, it is positive news to see further reductions.
"Every single crime committed impacts on the person who has suffered it so it is pleasing that there are several thousand fewer victims than this time last year.
"It is testament to the dedication and commitment of our officers and staff, and the hard work and support of our partner agencies, that these reductions have been achieved, particularly in such difficult economic times.
"We remain absolutely committed to delivering the best police service possible to the people of Merseyside by targeting our resources against the criminals who bring misery to the lives of decent, ordinary, law-abiding members of our community.
"We benefit from a great deal of support from the public who we rely on to be our eyes and ears and I would urge people to keep telling us what they know about crime in their area so that we can take positive action."
Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "I am very pleased that overall crime continues to fall.
"I congratulate all of the officers and staff at Merseyside Police and those who work with them in other agencies and the community and voluntary sector to prevent crime and reduce offending behaviour.
"I am concerned that looking forward there will be savage cuts to the budgets of many of our partners. We will all have to work together with renewed commitment if we are going to continue to see these successful results in the years ahead.
"The fact that there are more than 2,000 fewer victims on Merseyside this year is something to celebrate.”
The headline crime figure for England and Wales is the lowest since the survey began in 1981 , and is now less than half its peak level in 1995.
Police recorded 3.7m offences in the year to June, a decrease of 5% compared with the previous year.
There were 230,335 fraud offences recorded in the same period - a 21% increase compared to the previous year.
The ONS said the figures should be viewed in the context of a move towards the centralised recording of fraud by police.
There were also increases in theft from the person, which was up 8%, and shoplifting, up 1%.
Crime prevention minister Norman Baker said: " Police reform is working and crime is falling.
"Recorded crime has dropped yet again, by more than 10% under the coalition Government, and the crime survey says that crime has more than halved since its peak in 1995.
"This is really positive news. Forces are rising to the challenge of making savings whilst cutting crime and delivering a better service to the public."
View the figures here: Merseyside crime.docx or scroll through the table below.
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