Crime figures show police in Norfolk and Suffolk are winning the war on vandals who are blighting people lives by smashing or damaging property.

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Figures obtained by the EDP reveal that in Norfolk criminal damage incidents have dropped by more than 10pc, while across the border in Suffolk there has been an even larger fall in the number of crimes.

In Norfolk between November 1 last year and January 29 there were 1,744 criminal damage incidents recorded compared to 1,972 incidents between November 2011 to January 2102.

The fall of more than 10pc has been attributed to the work of Norfolk police’s safer neighbourhood teams in tackling the problem.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “The force has seen a drop of over 200 incidents of criminal damage when comparing year on year figures.

This is pleasing to see and can be put down to the hard work of our safer neighbourhood teams working with relevant partners to resolve these quality of life issues.

“We recognise that incidents such as criminal damage can blight localities and cause great misery and frustration on a community – we will continue to work with the public and agencies to drive down the figures further.”

In Suffolk figures for last April to December show there were 5,371 criminal damage incidents recorded - a fall of 23pc compared to the same period in 2011 when they were 6,970 offences.

Det Insp Darrell Skuse said officers had been targeting behaviour linked to the night time economy as people leave clubs and bars to help bring about the fall in incidents. The force is also tackling anti-social behaviour.

5 comments

  • You are right Thoreauwasright, Criminal damage is on the rise, but people aren't bothering to report it, they know full well that reporting it is a total waste of time, other then getting a crime no. I know of an incident in Norwich recently where 7 cars were damaged on a road, some quite badly (panels kicked in) yet no one bothered to inform the police, because they knew that the police would have little interest and the chances of the offenders being caught were very small. What does that say to you?

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    John L Norton

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • The phone box at the top of our road get the windows kicked in a two or three of times a year on average. when i first noticed it i contacted the police to be told, "we don't deal with that you need to contact British Telecom". so there is an extra 3 criminal damages in my area that are not reported or recorded in the figures. To quote Mark Twain "Lies, damned lies, and statistics"

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • The rough weather we've experienced over the past year is a major factor, also many would-be yobs are glued to their iPhone,computer games or Facebook. Guess the harden ones or the really poor ones the only vandals still very active.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • The headline should read 'Recorded Incidents of Criminal damage fall in Norfolk and Suffolk'.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Exactly. It has fallen because people cant be bothered with plod anymore, and if they do catch them it is either a slap on the wrist, or "cant be named for legal reasons". >> Unless it is a motorist doing 32 in a 30 limit they are not interested. Plods war on the motorist continues unabated

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    "V"

    Monday, February 4, 2013

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