Fall in crime levels

CRIME has fallen to the lowest levels on record over the past six months new figures have revealed today.

And offences and anti-social behaviour in Hartlepool and the rest of the Cleveland Police Force area continue to fall, police say.

Police Authority Chairman and town mayor Stuart Drummond put the impressive statistics down to the “dedication and determination” of officers, staff and members of the public.

He said: “These latest figures again underline the dedication and determination of all our officers and staff to focus on the task of tackling the issues of crime and anti-social behaviour which affect people’s everyday lives, and the continuing high confidence level shows the public appreciate their efforts.”

Publicly reported crime was down 14.1 per cent during September – a 12.8 per cent reduction, or 2,545 fewer victims of crime compared to the same time last year.

Vehicle crime fell by 14.7 per cent, house burglaries by 10.5 per cent, other burglary by 15.5 per cent, and criminal damage and arson dropped by a massive 20.1 per cent compared to the same time in 2011.

On the year to date figures, so far there have been 20,668 incidents of anti-social behaviour, as opposed to 27,248 in 2011 – a decrease of 24.1 per cent or 6,500 fewer victims.

Cleveland also continues to remain top of the national table when it comes to public confidence, boasting a 70 per cent rating.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Adrian Roberts said: “The public can take confidence in the fact that crime and anti-social behaviour in Cleveland continues to fall, which ultimately means fewer victims of crime.”