Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball has today congratulated Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Andy Parker on the announcement of ‘impressive’ crime statistics.
The praise comes as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire unveils the five year Police and Crime Plan for the county.
Ron Ball said: “Together with the announcement of my five year Police and Crime Plan, Warwickshire Police is announcing today very impressive figures for recorded crime in the county.
“I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Andy Parker and all of the staff on these impressive figures.
“Against a backdrop of shrinking budgets this is even more impressive and a tribute to the increasingly smart and effective way in which the force work.
“They are also a tribute to the other bodies – voluntary and statutory – who have also made significant contributions. This has been a real team effort.
“The Police and Crime Plan has been produced after an extensive a consultation process as possible given the very short timescales available to me.
“The three priority areas on which I have chosen to commit extra resources are:
• An innovation fund available to the community safety partnerships to fund projects supporting work in the areas of drug, alcohol, abuse and with priority families.
• The appointment of Community Safety Ambassadors to enable me to communicate and engage with the residents of Warwickshire.
• A very large recruitment campaign for Special Constables, increasing numbers from around 250 at present to over 400.
“The fact that I can contemplate extra spending is only possible because of the benefits which fall out from our strategic alliance with West Mercia.
“Both I, and West Mercia Commissioner Bill Longmore, are totally committed to seeing the alliance through to fruition.”
Warwickshire Police’s latest figures shows there were more than 4,000 fewer crimes than the previous year in the county, a fall of 12.4 per cent.
Compared to six years ago, there were more than 15,000 fewer crimes reported, a fall of more than one third*. This means there are 81 crimes a day on average, including only five burglaries and less than one robbery a day across the county each day.
Data from the last financial year (1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013) is now available and shows that all major crime types are down compared to 2011/12.
Overall incidents are down by 4,208 compared to 2011/12. This includes the following:
- 376 fewer burglaries in people’s homes (a reduction of 16.6%);
- 52 fewer robberies (- 16%);
- 270 fewer occasions where people have suffered injuries due to serious violent crime (- 9.4%);
- 390 fewer vehicle crimes (- 9.1%);
- 3210 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour (- 14.8%);
Warwickshire’s roads are also becoming safer: there were 22 fewer collisions where people were killed or seriously injured, a fall of 7.5%. Importantly, fatalities on our roads reduced from 38 to 29, a reduction of nine fewer deaths.
Warwickshire Police’s Chief Constable Andy Parker said: “Warwickshire is as safe as it has been for many years, local residents should be reassured that crime and anti-social behaviour continue to decrease and they live in one of the safer parts of the country.
“However, we will continue to target those criminals who cause harm and focus our efforts in those areas where most crime occurs – we are determined to reduce crime further.
“I am delighted by the commitment and dedication shown by every member of my organisation to reducing crime and catching criminals.
“Tackling criminality is a team effort and we have had terrific support from the County Council, District and Borough Councils and other partnership agencies who make a huge contribution to Community Safety.
“In particular, I would like to highlight the efforts of the public, whether they give their time as volunteers such as Special Constables, street pastors or with Neighbourhood Watch, or simply do what they can to secure their homes and valuables and contact the police with any information they have about suspicious activity.
“If anyone would like to do more to contribute to keeping Warwickshire safe and secure, we are currently recruiting Special Constables and other police volunteer roles, so we can continue to offer the most protection possible with the resources available to us**.
We look forward to continuing these positive working relationships and seeing further reductions in crime and criminality in Warwickshire.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, Ron Ball, added: “It is pleasing to see crime continues to decrease despite the large changes that Warwickshire Police has been through in recent years and continues to experience.
“I look forward to working with the chief constable, his officers and staff to make sure this trend continues in the coming years.”
|Crime type||2012/13||2011/12||Change in numbers||Change in percentage|
|29,600||33,808||– 4,208||– 12.8%|
|Burglaries (dwelling)||1,893||2,269||– 376||– 16.6%|
|272||324||– 52||– 16%|
|Violence against the person (injury)||2,606||2,877||– 270||– 9.4%|
|3,882||4,272||– 390||– 9.1%|
|Incidents of anti-social behaviour||18,507
|21,717||– 3210||– 14.8%|
|Collisions causing death or serious injury||273||295||-22||-7.5%|
*Total record crime in 2006/07 was 45,213, a total decrease of 34.5%.
(06/07 is the furthest back we can compare figures where they were recorded using the same regime.)
** If you would like to attend one of our forthcoming Specials recruitment evenings, where you can learn more about the role as well as speak to current Specials, please register your interest online or contact a member of the recruitment team on 01926 415052.