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Publication of quarterly crime statistics

21 January 2010

The latest quarterly crime statistics show a decrease in rates of burglary, robbery and violence. Crime recorded by the police has fallen by eight per cent.

Policing and crime minister David Hanson said:'I'm very pleased to see that confidence in the police and councils is increasing and the number of people worried about high levels of antisocial behaviour has fallen to 15 per cent - the lowest on record. The British Crime Survey also shows that the risk of being a victim is at its lowest point ever.

'This quarter we see that serious acquisitive crime is down, including an eight per cent drop in burglary, nine per cent drop in robbery and a 20 per cent drop in vehicle crime.

'These figures show an encouraging 12 per cent fall in knife-related violence, including a 33 per cent drop in knife homicide from 81 to 54 cases. This builds on annual figures for 2008/09 which saw a 14 per cent drop in homicides, including a 20 year low in gun fatalities, and a 10 per cent drop in firearm robberies.

'Although we continue to see some pressure on crimes like pickpocketing, good progress is being made by the police and others.'

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You can read the statistical release and the full report on the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website.

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