Staffordshire residents ‘safer’ after nine per cent crime drop

Police in Staffordshire are thought to be pushing ahead with their campaign to tackle crime, after it was revealed that offences in the area have dropped by nine per cent over the past 12 months.

Incidents of burglary, vehicle theft and violent crime all dropped, leading nearly 90 per cent of people in the area to claim they are happy with the efforts of their local police force.

Between April last year and March this year, the number of crimes committed in the county dropped more than 6,000, this compared with the previous year’s figure.

Chief constable Mike Cunningham from the force spoke of the reduction:

“The marked fall in crime in Staffordshire over the past 12 months is evidence that our communities are safer.

“One example has been Operation Impact which has seen a sustained, ongoing effort to cut acquisitive crime, leading to a ten per cent fall in house burglaries alone.

“Meanwhile, we’ve taken a hard line on drug-dealing in our communities through Operation Nemesis. This was evident recently in Burton where, following three high-profile raids, 39 people were charged with drug supply offences.”

The force received a further boost when figures showed that among victims of antisocial behaviour and crime, 89 per cent were happy with the police’s work.

The drop in incident numbers will undoubtedly come as good news for the community. However, many of those who wish to take a step further in protecting their property choose to do so with the help of bar gates and roller shutters.

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