Crime down 15% in County Durham

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A POLICE and crime commissioner has welcomed new figures which reveal a 15 per cent reduction in reported crime.

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said the county remains among the safest places to live.

Between April 1, 2012 and March 31 this year, 30,090 crimes were reported to police, compared with 35,260 the previous year.

Crimes, including violence against the person, sexual offences, stealing and criminal damage, have reduced by 14 per cent, meaning there were 4,506 fewer victims.

Mr Hogg said: “This is great news and these performance figures are extremely impressive.”

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “The fall in reported crime is good news all around, especially for victims. But we are never complacent and our communities can be confident our efforts to reduce crime even further will continue unabated.”

Anti-social behaviour has reduced by 27 per cent.