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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-22-07

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The Office of National Statistics have released latest crime statistics

ON Thursday, 20 July 2017 The Office of National Statistics released crime statistics for forces across the UK, that showed overall crime has increased in England and Wales by 11.1% compared to a 7.5% increase in the Merseyside area. Statistics, for the year ending March 2017, show that the force has achieved a reduction in:- burglary, drug offences, vehicle crime and possession of offensive weapons offences.

Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:- "I want to reassure the public of Merseyside that as a Force we will always do what we can to prevent crime and protect our communities, but we also have many other priorities including combating anti social behaviour, dealing with vulnerable victims and targeting organised criminals, work that isn't always represented in crime statistics. Although overall crime in Merseyside has gone up, this has been significantly less than the national average, and I am pleased to see a reduction in burglary, vehicle crime and drugs offences. There has been increases in the levels of recorded violent crime; in line with the majority of other forces who have recorded a rise; which is representative of the way in which violent offences of all classifications are now being recorded by Merseyside Police and does not reflect a genuine increase in non-domestic violence. The increase in reporting of sexual offences is in line with the national trend. As well as improvements in recording it also reflects a willingness of victims to come forward and evidence has shown that a number of high profile national operations have changed the public perception of and confidence in reporting this type of crime. Offences of robbery have seen an increase, driven by personal robbery offences, but Merseyside Police has, and will continue to run, a number of operations aimed at combating this and enhancing public safety and confidence. I am pleased to see that there has been an 8.4% reduction in non-domestic burglaries and that vehicle crime on Merseyside has seen a 1.7% downturn compared to a national increase of 11.2% in vehicle related theft. Everyone at Merseyside Police is absolutely committed to make every effort to reduce crimes of all types, while delivering an excellent policing service to the people of Merseyside. We continue to listen to the concerns of the public and are advancing our fight against serious and organised crime and supporting and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities. Our officers are dedicated to responding to incidents with courage, courtesy and professionalism, which we hope will build upon strong public confidence to keep our communities safe. We recognise that we cannot be complacent and will continue to strive to find the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver Policing in Merseyside."

We would like to hear our readers thoughts on this, so please email our newsroom to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com  with your thoughts about Policing on Merseyside and also the crime statistics, on Merseyside and nationally.


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