Lowest crime level in England and Wales since 1981

August 7, 2014 10:31 AM

Crime is down by more than 10% since 2010 in both the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime statistics, as released by the Office for National Statistics. Crime is now at its lowest level since the crime survey began in 1981.

The latest survey showed that there has been a 22% fall in violence in the year ending December 2013 compared with the previous year. Vandalism and criminal damage are down 15% and other household theft has dropped by 25%. Mark with Police

Crime Prevention Minister, and Liberal Democrat, Norman Baker MP said:

'Under this coalition government, overall crime is down by more than 10% according to both the independent Crime Survey and police recorded crime. These statistics are more good news and the evidence is clear: police reform is working and crime is falling.'

In Stockport there was a total of 16,209 crimes committed in 2013, down from 19,246 in the last year under the previous Labour Government (June 2009 - June 2010). There were 1100 less offences of criminal damage, 100 less robberies and 50 less incidents of possession of weapon offences.

Local MP for Cheadle constituency, Mark Hunter, commented:

'The figures showing a fall in the crime rate, both across the UK and in our local area, are very welcome. The Coalition Government has been focused in trying to tackle crime more efficiently, cutting bureaucracy to ensure that police officers spend as much time as possible on the beat, and these statistics show that we are moving in the right direction.

'As ever, I commend the impressive work done by our local police officers who work hard keep local residents safe.'

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