Reported crime continues to fall

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CRIME in Suffolk is at a 10-year low and is continuing to fall, according to the latest figures.

Statistics released by the Home Office show there were 46,357 crimes recorded in the county between April 1 last year and March 31 this year – 4,135 fewer crimes than in the same period in 2001/02.

Crime also fell by 0.2 per cent compared with the previous year, while 649 fewer crimes were reported during the last three months – April, May and June – than in the period in 2010.

The figures show a drop in the number of vehicle crimes, assaults and vandalism.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Marshall, of Suffolk Police, said: “We have faced a great many challenges this year, not least the financial implications of the spending review, so it is extremely pleasing that crime remains low.”

In spite of this, domestic burglary and robbery both increased, prompting Mr Marshall to issue a warning to residents to follow simple safety steps to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

“More than a quarter of all domestic burglaries in Suffolk are as a result of an unlocked door or an open window,” he said.

“It is important that people realise how they can avoid becoming a victim of burglary by following simple crime prevention advice and checking that their doors and windows are locked every time they go out.”

Joanna Spicer, chairman of the Suffolk Police Authority, said the results showed the force continued to perform well during difficult times and with reduced resources.