Drop in crime in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 09:20 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

CRIME in Hertfordshire dropped over a three-month period, new Home Office figures have revealed.

The period between July and September last year saw a reduction of 13 per cent in the county.

Ian Laidlaw-Dickson, chairman of the Herts Police Authority, des

CRIME in Hertfordshire dropped over a three-month period, new Home Office figures have revealed.

The period between July and September last year saw a reduction of 13 per cent in the county.

Ian Laidlaw-Dickson, chairman of the Herts Police Authority, described the figures as "encouraging".

He said: "I am pleased once again to see these very encouraging reductions in crime, which build on overall reductions in crime in the preceding years.

"This helps back our belief that Hertfordshire continues to be one of the safest counties in the country."

But chief constable Frank Whiteley said that despite the drop in crime the constabulary would not become complacent.

In Herts during the three-month period, there was a drop of 36 per cent in violent crime; 23 per cent in sex offences and 24 per cent in robbery.

There was a 6 per cent reduction in vehicle crime after seeing an increase in previous months.

Drug offences, however, did increase by 22 per cent - which the force said showed increased police activity in targeting drug dealers and drug users.

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