Burglaries buck trend as crime figures fall

PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

CRIME in Hertsmere is down, according to new figures. The statistics, released by police, show almost a 10 per cent fall in offences compared to the same time last year. But burglaries in the borough have increased. Violent crime and driving offences hav

CRIME in Hertsmere is down, according to new figures.

The statistics, released by police, show almost a 10 per cent fall in offences compared to the same time last year.

But burglaries in the borough have increased.

Violent crime and driving offences have both fallen by more than 12 per cent while areas such as robbery and serious violent crime are also down.

Area commander Alison Roome-Gifford appealed to home-owners to use "common sense precautions" to make sure burglaries are down next year.

She said: "Residential burglaries are slightly up on last year but overall, it's a very positive picture for Hertsmere.

"The 'all crime' figure means that we have had at least 570 fewer victims - a statistic we can truly be proud of.

"We all work together to let offenders know their criminal behaviour is unacceptable in our communities and it won't be tolerated."

The figures

All crime: This year 5,381, Last year 5,951. Down 570, -9.6%

Residential burglary: This year 378, Last year 364. Up 14, +3.8%

Motor vehicle offences: This year 897, Last year 1,025. Down 128, -12.5%

Robbery: This year 63, Last year 70. Down 7, -10%

Violent crime: This year 1,000 Last year 1,138, Down 138, -12.1%

Serious violent crime: This year, 317, Last year 345. Down 28, -8.1%

n Period April 1, 07 to January 6, 08 compared to same period the previous year.

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