Violent crime is down, say police

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VIOLENT crime in the Vale has dropped by more than 25 per cent in 12 months, figures released this week have revealed.

The stats released by Thames Valley Police reveal that between April 2011 and March 2012, there were 1,670 violent crimes committed on people.

But serious acquisitive crime has gone up slightly, rising by 0.3 per cent.

Across the Thames Valley, there were 22,566 fewer crimes in the Thames Valley compared with the same period in 2010/11, equating to a fall of 13.1 per cent.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “Cutting crime is Thames Valley Police’s most important responsibility and I am really pleased that we have cut crime by 13 per cent over the last year.

“We have done this despite reductions in our budget which makes it more impressive. Most important of all, this means that there were over 20,000 fewer victims in Thames Valley last year.”

Thames Valley Police Authority chairman, Khan Juna, said: “The continued reduction in crime across the Thames Valley area over the last year is certainly good news for people living in the Thames Valley area.

“The improvement in our crime figures confirms the ongoing success of our commitment to responding to the priorities of the public, being to cut crimes that are of most concern to the community; to increase the visible presence of the police, and to protect our communities from the most serious harm.”