Crime down for an eighth year

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THERE were more than 37,000 fewer victims of crime in Derbyshire this year than eight years ago, according to Home Office figures published this week.

Crime has fallen for eight consecutive years since 2002-03 with a 16 per cent drop in vehicle crime and a 12 per cent drop in criminal damage since 2009-10.

Chf Const Mick Creedon said: “I must pay tribute to the commitment, dedication and hard work of all our officers and staff. Once again they have managed to achieve a reduction.”

Violent crime was the one area where the number of incidents was up on last year from 16,243 to 16,961.

He added: “It is something I am very aware of and we have a detailed plan on how to tackle it. Much of it is alcohol-related but nevertheless it is an area we have work to do in.”