Christmas crime figures halve in eight years

The number of crimes committed over the Christmas period in Nottinghamshire has fallen by more than 50 per cent in eight years - and is now at its lowest level since records began.

In December 2002, when current recording measurements were implemented, 12,166 crimes were committed in the county. This contrasts with 5,716 crimes committed in December 2010, a fall of 6,450 crimes or a 53 per cent reduction.

Since 2002, comparing the month of December, vehicle crime has dropped by 78 per cent; burglary dwelling has fallen by 70 per cent; robbery has reduced by 37 per cent and violence against the person has dropped by nine per cent.

Chief Constable Julia Hodson said: “Christmas is a moment to be celebrated and it is fantastic to be able to celebrate these latest crime figures with the people of Nottinghamshire.

“I can happily confirm the county has enjoyed its safest festive period for a very long time, which means there has been many, many fewer victims of crime.

“There has also been one or two very serious incidents, which all cities and towns across the country have to deal with, but our officers and staff have performed admirably, responding quickly and making the most of early investigative opportunities.

“Lots of excellent work has been carried out with partner agencies, to provide reassurance throughout our rural and urban communities.

“High visibility officers, PCSOs and CPOs have worked together, helping to reduce antisocial behaviour, improve crime prevention and arrest offenders, which has helped make Nottinghamshire a safe place to live, work and enjoy.”

Jon Collins, Chair of the Police Authority, said:  “It is good to see that the focus on driving down crime was maintained over the busy festive period and that the number of crimes has more than halved since the same period in 2002. 

“However, it is important that we maintain our focus on continued performance improvements, despite the funding issues that we face, to make Nottinghamshire a safer place for everyone. “