There were 3,397 fewer crimes across the county and Stoke-on-Trent between April and December 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, a reduction of almost seven per cent from 49,202 to 45,805. This included continued reductions in serious acquisitive crime, made up of domestic burglary, vehicle crime and robbery, which fell by 1.5 per cent, or 95 offences, from 6,210 to 6,115.
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said. “The fall in crime is a testament to the ongoing good work across our area by police officers, PCSOs, police staff, community safety partners, Specials and other volunteers. We’re working more closely than ever before with partner agencies to ensure local communities are safe and reassured.
“Our drive to combat serious acquisitive crime through Operation Impact has paid dividends with house burglaries alone falling by over eight per cent. We’re continuing to use Impact to prevent and combat burglary, car crime and robbery and would urge residents to help us help them by making life difficult for crooks and cutting out opportunities for crime.
“Our officers are also working hard to deal with the issues that matter most too local communities. This was displayed recently in Burton through our Operation Nemesis raids, which saw 16 people charged with serious drug supply offences.
“We’re also involved in ground-breaking projects to reduce crime such as the Integrated Offender Management scheme with the Probation Service. This is helping criminals address their behaviour and prevent repeat offending, benefiting communities as a result.”
Violent crime with injury remained stable rising by 0.2 per cent, or 11 offences, from 5,229 to 5,240. Meanwhile, nine out of ten victims of crime (88 per cent) and anti-social behaviour (89 per cent) said they were satisfied with the overall service they got from Staffordshire Police.
Mr Cunningham added, “Reducing violent crime continues to be one of Staffordshire Police’s top operational priorities in 2013. “Our licensing teams are working with partners in all town and city centres to prevent and tackle alcohol-related violence across the force area.
“We’re equally committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in local communities and it’s very pleasing that the number of ASB victims who are satisfied with the overall response our officers provide remains high. These figures reflect our ongoing determination that local communities in Staffordshire remain safe places to live and work.”
Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, has promised to continue to reduce crime and fear of it, tackle anti-social behaviour and make policing more visible, following publication of the county crime figures.
“But there’s much more work to do and I am determined to spend every pound of taxpayers’ money more effectively and efficiently. I have ambitious plans to do this. This means making the different parts of the criminal justice system and our wider community safety services more effective and joined up.
“The common goal is reducing crime and fear of it. It’s dealing with antisocial behaviour and the causes quickly and it’s policing more visibly so communities feel reassured. It’s also tackling drugs at all levels, from ‘pushers’ who sell them to those at the top who make the big money while wrecking lives. And alcohol, when abused, leads to the most damaging social issues costing individuals, businesses and public services a fortune.
“The role of Police and Crime Commissioner is the first time a single Office holder at local level can influence all the parts of a sector which exists to make Staffordshire safer. It provides opportunities to improve the complex and often fragmented ‘system’ by making sure it’s effective and more joined up.
“Across Staffordshire it will mean more visible policing and a focus on preventing crime before it happens. And for the first time local people will have a voice directly to an individual with a powerful influence over services.
“This is a sense of what you can expect with an ambitious policing plan being developed for public consultation this summer.”