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Crime Falls In Cornwall and Devon

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12:48pm 18th July 2013

The number of crimes in Cornwall and Devon has fallen.  

According to new figures there was a seven per cent drop between April 2012 and March 2013.

There was a one percent increase in the number of sex offences however, rising to more than 1,900.

Violence without injury also rose by more than seven per cent to 8,721.

There were big falls in burglary, with domestic burglaries dropping by twenty per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan said: "These latest figures show we are reducing crime, making our communities safer and bringing offenders to justice.
 
"We have seen steadily reducing crime in the last year and it shows more clearly than ever that Devon and Cornwall remains very safe in comparison to the rest of the country and the chances of anyone being a victim of crime remain very low.
 
"We have seen large reductions in burglary, vehicle crime, robbery and criminal damage, and countless examples of where officers and staff across the Force have performed above and beyond their duties in cutting crime and improving the service to victims.

"There is no doubt we and every other police force face some very difficult financial challenges between now and 2016 and possibly for years ahead of that.
 
"We have and continue to change the way in which we work with the resources we have, but at the heart of this is victim satisfaction and ensuring our communities feel confident in the way they are policed.
 
"The rise in violence without injury and sexual offences is of concern, but as a Force this is already being addressed and we are committed to working with partners and communities to engage and collaborate more than ever to address these issues."

The force has also published its own set of figures, taking into account the period from July 2012 to July 2013, showing crime fell by 6.3 per cent.

Across England and Wales, crime levels fell by seven per cent.

12:48pm 18th July 2013

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