Crime falls across Hampshire

Crime falls across Hampshire

Crime falls across Hampshire

First published in News

THE chief constable today praised his officers and staff for helping drive down crime across Hampshire and reducing the number of burglaries to an all time low.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed how break-ins at homes have dropped by 22 per cent, with 4,214 burglaries being investigated by police between September 2011 and 2012.

Numbers of robberies have also fallen by 27 per cent, with 772 such crimes reported while there were 11,980 cases of violence causing injury to a person, a drop of 15 per cent in 12 months.

The statistics revealed how 1,769 sexual offences were reported, there were 4,309 cases of fraud and forgery and 20,220 cases of criminal damage.

Drugs offences however showed a seven per cent rise with 6,669 incidents – something Hampshire police say is as a result of proactive work including the launch of the Daily Echo backed Operation Fortress to tackle drug related violence in Southampton.

Mr Marshall said: “My aim since joining the constabulary in 2008 has always been to protect the people we serve from those who would cause them harm by making our two counties a hostile environment for criminals. I am leaving content in the knowledge that this legacy is continuing.

“The 12 per cent reduction in total crime across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is testament to the tireless dedication, commitment, hard work and ‘one team’ approach of officers and staff.”

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5:26pm Thu 24 Jan 13

loonaloop says...

Crime hasn't dropped it is only where the general public have absolutely no confidence in the police force most petty crime goes unreported these days.
Crime hasn't dropped it is only where the general public have absolutely no confidence in the police force most petty crime goes unreported these days. loonaloop
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9:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

madcalf says...

How ironic that this story comes out on the day someone is beaten up in Shirley - as said above it has dropped because people do not bother reporting it as nothing is ever done about it and you yourself are made to feel like the criminal in trying to report something!!
How ironic that this story comes out on the day someone is beaten up in Shirley - as said above it has dropped because people do not bother reporting it as nothing is ever done about it and you yourself are made to feel like the criminal in trying to report something!! madcalf
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9:51am Fri 25 Jan 13

bigal007 says...

it has not dropped as there no police on the streets as to cut backs and the the police just dont want to no i live in part of the city where drug dealing is going on and the police said what do u what us to do about it as ever one is at it and we dont have the man power to deal with it and thats policing in southampton may be thats why people dont report things to the police
it has not dropped as there no police on the streets as to cut backs and the the police just dont want to no i live in part of the city where drug dealing is going on and the police said what do u what us to do about it as ever one is at it and we dont have the man power to deal with it and thats policing in southampton may be thats why people dont report things to the police bigal007
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2:57am Sat 26 Jan 13

MiddleOfRoad says...

I always sceptical towards stats that give a warm glow to politically driven agendas. Stats do not record non-reporting, a lack of confidence in the Police and Courts effectiveness, a lack of confidence in the ability of Police to prevent payback to informants for going to the Police etc. Stats also do not reflect the Public perspective of safety and confidence in walking the streets at any hour, particularly night hours.
The sad reality is that the Public safety perspective has and continues to dwindle. This is not the entire fault of the Police, though the weak politically correct senior officers within must take a share of the blame. Rather it is a combined society contribution which has virtually removed the ability and confidence of Police, Courts and other systems to control crooks in anything other than a superficial manner.
And last but not least are statisical definitions that may be modified to officially under-report. For instance a minor crime might be reclassified to require at least 1000 pounds damage or value or an assault to require at least actual bodily harm before they are classed as criminal. Anything other than that can classed as an offence but not a crime.
I am not saying this is currently occuring. However, I have seen distortions in stats over many years and definitely subscribe to the cliche "statistics, statistics and yet more lies".
I always sceptical towards stats that give a warm glow to politically driven agendas. Stats do not record non-reporting, a lack of confidence in the Police and Courts effectiveness, a lack of confidence in the ability of Police to prevent payback to informants for going to the Police etc. Stats also do not reflect the Public perspective of safety and confidence in walking the streets at any hour, particularly night hours. The sad reality is that the Public safety perspective has and continues to dwindle. This is not the entire fault of the Police, though the weak politically correct senior officers within must take a share of the blame. Rather it is a combined society contribution which has virtually removed the ability and confidence of Police, Courts and other systems to control crooks in anything other than a superficial manner. And last but not least are statisical definitions that may be modified to officially under-report. For instance a minor crime might be reclassified to require at least 1000 pounds damage or value or an assault to require at least actual bodily harm before they are classed as criminal. Anything other than that can classed as an offence but not a crime. I am not saying this is currently occuring. However, I have seen distortions in stats over many years and definitely subscribe to the cliche "statistics, statistics and yet more lies". MiddleOfRoad
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