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New figures have UK crime at 30-year-low

Date: 25/04/2013 13:09:03
Category: Car tracking
Author: Richard Towey

Crime in England and Wales is at its lowest level in 30 years with police figures pointing to a 8.5 per cent drop in reported incidents in the year to December.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) claims the rate has halved after a peak in 1995 and the latest readings are the most positive since the 1980s, thanks to falls in almost every category of crime.

Cited by guardian.co.uk, official readings show violence is down six per cent, robbery down thirteen per cent and burglary down nine per cent. The murder rate continued to decline over last year, with the number of crimes dropping four per cent to 552.     

The only blemish was an eight per cent rise in cases of "theft from person". The number of reported incidents reached 107,471, which police say has been fuelled by a rise in smartphone theft.

As reported dailymail.co.uk, deputy chief constable Jeff Farrar, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, claimed his group couldn't afford to get complacent despite hearing of such a positive set of readings.

The same might also apply to motorists, who shouldn't see the improvement as a good enough reason not to invest in tracking systems for their cars - given the amount of vehicle theft that still occurs.

Farrar explained that as their budgets decrease, police departments will be forced to adapt and innovate in order to continue to bring the crime rate down.

"The statistics released today reflect the efforts of our workforce in doing all they can to protect communities from harm," he added.

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