Crime in Lincolnshire down 14 per cent, new figures reveal

Lincolnshire Police.
Lincolnshire Police.

Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has vowed to be ‘relentless’ in pushing for improvement despite the county’s force overseeing a 14 per cent reduction in crime.

In his Quarterly Force Performance Update, released on Monday, Mr Hardwick (pictured left) reveals that nearly all recorded crime fell during the April 2012 to January 2013 period, when compared with the previous year.

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• All recorded crime is down 14 per cent with 5,362 fewer crimes in the period April 2012 to January 2013 compared to same period in the previous year.

In December 2012, Lincolnshire was nationally ranked 16th out of 43 forces. This is an improvement from 23rd position in December 2011.

• Criminal damage crimes are down 25 per cent (1,740 fewer crimes).

• Incidents that cause fear and concern are down 12 per cent (1,010 fewer incidents).

• Other anti-social behaviour incidents are down 13.5 per cent (2,504 fewer incidents).

• Violent crimes are down 6.5 per cent (191 fewer crimes).

• Theft of vehicle crimes are down 20.8 per cent (142 fewer crimes).

• Burglaries are down 3.3 per cent (60 fewer crimes).

• However, the detection rate for burglaries is down 3.3 per cent to 14.9 per cent. Mr Hardwick says the force is ‘implementing plans to improve detection rates’.

A telephone survey is carried out on a monthly basis that assesses the proportion of victims of burglary, vehicle crime and violent crime who answered that they were fairly, very or completely satisfied with their experience of the police.

The latest date shows that 83.2 per cent of victims surveyed are satisfied with the service they received compared to 82.4 per cent last year.

Lincolnshire is nationally ranked 31st out of 43 forces.

‘I have confidence in the police in this area’ is 70.3 per cent. Lincolnshire is nationally ranked 36th out of 43 forces.

Mr Hardwick said: Overall, as you will see, force performance is good in comparison to previous years and in national rankings (i.e. in comparison with all other forces).

“Recorded crime continues to decrease and the overall detection of crime is up.

“However, there are some aspects of service that could be developed and I will be relentless in pushing for improvements.

“Linked to this is my pledge to ensure that we get the best value for money from every pound that is spent.”

The next quarterly update will be published in May 2013.