Posted on 4th October 2011
Police watchdogs have praised new performance figures which show the force 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% between April and August compared to last year’s reduction of 10.5%. This represents 666 fewer offences – the second highest drop among the region’s police forces.
Robbery on its own fell 32.5% 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% to 19% 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.
They reveal that total recorded crime is falling at a faster rate than last year at -5.2% from April to August 2011 compared to the same period the previous year when the figure was
-2.8%. 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% to 88.2%. Members were pleased to note a significant increase in the percentage of people who were satisfied with the way they were kept informed of progress in their case, which rose from 75.2% to 82.8%. Confidence in policing also improved from last year’s figure of 66.5% to 70.2%.
Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “These figures are very encouraging and demonstrate that the strategies to make our communities safer and protect residents are working.
“This is doubly rewarding considering the enormity of the funding pressures we are facing and the impact that this will have on our resources.
“Burglary in particular has a devastating impact on its victims and I am delighted that through continued effort and a very robust approach we are making progress, not only driving down the number of offences but also improving the number that we solve.
“The Police Authority will continue to push for further improvements in the months ahead to ensure that this success continues and that many more people are brought to justice for their crimes.”
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.
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