James Arbuthnot: Drop in local crime clear sign police reforms are working

James Arbuthnot has given a warm welcome to news that recorded crime in Hampshire has fallen over the last twelve months. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that recorded crime in Hampshire fell by 16%.

Commenting, James said:

‘The news that crime is falling in Hampshire will be warmly welcomed by local people. Our hardworking police officers can be proud of their success.

 

‘Because Conservatives are on the side of people who work hard and do the right thing, we are reforming the police so they can cut crime and make our communities safer. These figures are clear evidence that those reforms are working.’

Percentage change in recorded crime in the year to September 2012 by police force area.

 

Force area

% annual change

Avon and Somerset

-12

Bedfordshire

-15

Cambridgeshire

-8

Cheshire

-5

Cleveland

-10

Cumbria

-11

Derbyshire

-16

Devon and Cornwall

-2

Dorset

-13

Durham

-13

Dyfed-Powys

-6

Essex

-4

Gloucestershire

-15

Greater Manchester

-13

Gwent

-17

Hampshire

-16

Hertfordshire

-14

Humberside

-14

Kent

-5

Lancashire

-3

Leicestershire

-10

Lincolnshire

-14

London, City of

-8

Merseyside

-7

Metropolitan Police

-3

Norfolk

-11

North Wales

-8

North Yorkshire

-10

Northamptonshire

-2

Northumbria

-12

Nottinghamshire

-13

South Wales

-5

South Yorkshire

-7

Staffordshire

-7

Suffolk

-10

Surrey

-15

Sussex

-3

Thames Valley

-11

Warwickshire

-8

West Mercia

-11

West Midlands

-13

West Yorkshire

-10

Wiltshire

-2

(Office for National Statistics, Police recorded crime year ending December 2012, 25 April 2013, link).