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7:02am 4th October 2014

Pirate FM can reveal a summer drop in crime in Cornwall and Devon.

Figures fell almost 10% compared to June, July and August last year.

But police warn that includes non-crimes and cases that were dropped, so the dip could be lower.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg said: "We've seen real analysis of where there are pockets of violence, where there are pockets of people being victimised and it appears the police have managed to target their efforts on exactly those areas.

"Sometimes that may mean that in other areas, the visibility of police officers might not be quite what people want but this is the professional business of policing. We have to trust that the police will find the best ways, the most effective ways of policing this very large geographic area."

Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: "I welcome indications that the number of victims of crime this summer has reduced in comparison to last year.

"We work very hard with agencies across Devon and Cornwall to create as safe an environment as possible for those who visit here, as well as those who live and work here. The financial climate continues to present significant difficulties and despite this, by working differently with the resources we have, there is a strong base to work from going forward.

"It is important to stress that the crime figures released today are still to be thoroughly examined and I will have a better understanding of what they mean when the quarterly crime statistics are released in October.

"It is also true to say that crime statistics are only one measure of policing performance and harm reduction, which are issues that are affected by many different factors, not all of them involving the police."

7:02am 4th October 2014

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