Statistics released by the Home Office today (Thursday 25 April) show that crime continues to fall on Merseyside for the seventh year running with a reduction of 47.6 percent since 2005.
In the 12 months to December last year (2012) the force has seen a further reduction in reported crime of seven percent and remains committed to reducing crime and supporting victims.
The figures show that the force has achieved reductions in vehicle crime, criminal damage, drug offences, robbery and burglary.
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said: "I am pleased to see that last year (January - December) there were 6,885 less offences committed in Merseyside when compared with the previous year. It is reassuring to see such consistent falls in crime over the last seven years despite the challenges we currently face through reductions in our budget and loss of police officers and support staff.
”It is particularly satisfying to see significant reductions in burglary (12.1%) and robbery offences (20.5%) when comparing this period to the year before and also the average reduction nationally (Average national reduction for burglary offences is 8.6% and 12.7% for robbery offences). These offences have a significant effect on our communities, and to see a continued reduction is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the police officers and staff of Merseyside Police, working with our partners and community itself.
”We will not be complacent and will continue to do all that we can to ensure that the people of Merseyside continue to receive the excellent standard of policing that they deserve."
Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, said: "Merseyside Police officers and staff should be extremely proud of the reductions in crime achieved during this period; they continue to perform their roles to an extremely high standard, even in the face of cuts by the coalition government.
"My focus moving forward is to ensure that all partners involved in community safety and crime reduction are working together and using the resources available to provide a coordinated and effective service that responds to the needs of the public."
In the 12 months to December 2012, compared with the same period the year before:
*Total crime fell by 7 percent
*Burglary offences fell by 12.1 percent
*Drug offences have fallen by 17.4 percent
*Violence against the person is down by 2.7 percent
*Vehicle crime has fallen by 2.6 percent
*Criminal damage has fallen by 11 percent
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