Crime levels fall in Hertfordshire

CRIME levels in Hertfordshire are down on last year, and well below the national average, a survey released today (Thursday) has revealed.

National crime statistics for April 2009 to March this year show that, overall, crime fell by eight per cent in the county – in line with the rest of the country.

But burglary in Hertfordshire fell by 13 per cent, compared to just six per cent nationally, and robbery was down by 15 per cent, whereas nationally, the figure was six per cent also. Violent crime both in Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK fell by four per cent.

Only the fall in vehicle crime was smaller than the national average – down 15 per cent in Hertfordshire compared to 16 per cent nationally.

Stuart Nagler, Chair of Herts Police Authority said: “Hertfordshire has an excellent police force and these figures are testament to that. Our congratulations go to our officers and staff for their continued commitment to reducing crime in the county and bringing to justice those responsible for it.

“Thanks must also go to our partners and our communities; without their help these results would not be possible”. Chief Constable Frank Whiteley said: “I’m delighted at these figures, especially as they are now building on several previous years of crime reduction.

“Whilst we know that there will be difficult times ahead with regards to resources and finances, I am confident that the officers and staff of Hertfordshire Constabulary and our partners will remain focused on driving down crime and providing the best service possible to the people of our county.”

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