POLICE chiefs have welcomed news that crime has fallen in parts of Ashfield in the last year.
New figures show that the number of offences in Kirkby and Sutton dropped by three per cent between January and December 2011 compared to the previous year – which they say amounts to 800 fewer victims.
And 220 fewer people were victims of house burglaries last year after incidents fell by 59 per cent.
This week, Ashfield North’s Insp Carl Holland said the results were testament to the hard work and dedication of those within the community.
He 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.”