Hertfordshire crime rates down

PUBLISHED: 15:51 21 October 2011




CRIME rates have fallen in Hertfordshire by four per cent over the last year.

And the county’s crime levels remain “significantly below national levels”, according to the constabulary which today released its statistics for the year.

The facts show that overall there were more than 2,700 fewer recorded crimes in the area compared to the same period in the previous year.

For the twelve month period, overall recorded crime in Hertfordshire fell by four per cent, with dwelling burglary down nine per cent, vehicle crime down 13 per cent, violent crime down six per cent and robbery down by three per cent.

Rates of crime in the county compared to the national picture also remained low across ‘main crime types’ with Hertfordshire having 60 recorded offences per one thousand people compared to a national rate of 75.

Hertfordshire’s serious violent crime rate remains at almost half the national rate – four offences per one thousand people compared to seven nationally.

David Lloyd, chairman of Herts Police Authority said: “I would like to thank the officers, staff and volunteers of the constabulary for the excellent work they carry out in maintaining Hertfordshire as one of the safest counties in the country, especially as these positive figures build on several years of sustained crime reduction.

“During this period of financial challenge the Police Authority will continue to monitor the constabulary’s performance to ensure that resources are used effectively.”

Chief constable Andy Bliss said: “These are very encouraging figures, especially as these sustained crime reductions have been achieved against a backdrop of financial challenges. As well as thanking my officers, staff and specials, I would also like to thank our partners and the public for their continuing support in our efforts to drive down crime in the county.”

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