Crime across Kirkby and Sutton drops by 13 per cent

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The ongoing commitment of police, partners and residents has resulted in a reduction in crime in Ashfield North in the last year, says the area Inspector.

Crime figures for Kirkby and Sutton show that all crime fell by 13 per cent between January and December 2011 compared to the previous year – equating to nearly 800 fewer victims.

And 220 fewer people were victims of house burglaries last year after incidents fell by a significant 59 per cent.

Ashfield North Inspector Carl Holland said the results are testament to the hard work and dedication of those within the community.

Insp Holland said: “Being a victim of burglary is an extremely intrusive and upsetting experience, which is why it’s so important we do as much as we can to prevent people from becoming victims.

“Residents have also played a significant role in tackling burglary as they are increasingly working with us to ensure they make it difficult for burglars who are intent on stealing their prized possessions.”

Theft of motor vehicles reduced by 25 per cent, fraud and forgery dropped by 23 per cent and criminal damage fell by 13 per cent.

Insp Holland added: “The figures show that we are moving in the right direction and that there were fewer people who had to endure being victims of crime last year.

“We are working closer than ever with partner agencies to ensure we are operating in the best interest of our communities. We have also been engaging closely with residents to ensure we are tackling the issues that matter to them most.

“We have many dedicated police officers and staff in Ashfield North and they are committed and determined to ensuring crime continues to fall and to improving the quality of life for those who live and work in the area.”