Fewer victims of crime in Norwich over festive period

PUBLISHED: 11:50 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:50 29 January 2013

Police are investigating a break-in at a King's Lynn dental surgery. Picture: Ian Burt

Police are investigating a break-in at a King's Lynn dental surgery. Picture: Ian Burt

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There were fewer victims of crime in Norwich during the Christmas period in 2012 than the previous year, new figures show.

More than 100 fewer crimes were committed in the last two weeks of December representing a 20pc in overall crime in the district.

The number of burglaries and car break-ins were more than halved, down by 53pc and 58pc respectively.

The city’s senior police officer, Superintendent Paul Sanford said: “These figures are encouraging and while I accept that statistics are not the whole story, it should provide some reassurance to people living and visiting the city that it remains a safe place.

“There were 104 fewer crimes in a two-week period this year compared to last and that is not just a statistical reduction; it means 104 fewer victims of crime.”

Supt Sanford also welcomed the reduction in domestic burglaries, however figures revealed a rise in violent crime (violence against the person), which was up by 8pc, while vehicle thefts increased by 50pc.

Violence against the person comprises a spectrum of offences with the majority associated with the city’s night-time economy.

Supt Sanford added: “Thousands more people visit the city’s bars and clubs during the festive season and we would expect to see a slight rise in offences associated with the night-time economy.”

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