Norfolk remains safe, crime figures show

Norfolk remains one of the safest counties in the country crime figures released today show.

The recorded crime data shows that in Norfolk only 51 crimes are committed for every 1,000 people in the county between June 2010 and June 2011 with robbery, violent crimes and vehicle crime falling over a 12 month period.

Today's figures mean only Norfolk and Devon and Cornwall police forces have the lowest level of crimes committed per population in the country.

In Norfolk the number of recorded robberies fell by 15pc from 272 offences to 237 offences compared to the period of June 2009 to June 2010.

Vehicle crime dropped by 18pc from 3,978 offences to 3,384 offences, and violence against the person saw a 1pc decrease.

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However the number of burglaries between June 2010 and June 2011 rose by 4pc compared to the previous 12 month period, sexual offences increased by 31pc from 578 to 840 and reports of domestic violence was also said to have increased.

Deputy chief constable Simon Bailey said: 'Norfolk police is committed to reducing the number of burglary offences and while we saw a small increase in this particular reporting period, we have seen a significant reduction in the number of offences since the start of this performance year.

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'It is worth remembering that the actual number of crime we are talking about are extremely low and Norfolk is the third lowest county for burglaries with six crimes committed for each 1000 people in the population.

'However, we will continue to target those individuals who are committing such crimes to prevent them causing more harm to our communities.'

'We continue to take a pro-active stance on domestic violence and encourage victims to come forward and report such incidents to us.

'I see this as a positive indicator of the increasing confidence victims have in the police and of our commitment to dealing with these crime types.

'We know that victims are often reluctant to report such assaults and in respect of domestic violence they will invariably have been a victim many times before.'

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