23rd Aug, 2019

Offences falling in area according to new figures

BURGLARY offences are falling in West Mercia according to the latest figures.

Burglaries of homes have fallen six per cent and of those of businesses and the like have dropped by seven per cent, both ahead of the national trend of a three per cent decrease.

The force has invested in a number of initiatives to protect homes and businesses including Smartwater technology, We Don’t Buy Crime Officers and other increased resources around business and rural crime.

These latest crime figures were released last month and cover the year ending March 2019.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has also increased the number of officers on patrol and improved victim services.

Other crime types including vehicle crime, bicycle theft, criminal damage and drug offences have also shown a decrease in the most recent figures.

PCC Campion said: “I made a commitment to make our communities safer, and this is just one example of how this is being achieved.”

There are of course always areas we can improve on, and I committed to ensuring we continue to work together, to deliver the very best for communities.”

Former Redditch beat bobby and now West Mercia Police Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said: “It is encouraging to see reductions in burglary, however that does not mean we are complacent and our efforts to reduce this even further continue.

“We know the huge impact being a victim of burglary can have on our communities and are grateful for the opportunity to work with John Campion to strengthen our response and help ensure we’re doing the very best for our communities.”

The use of smartwater is still available to for local residents.

To find out more visit www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/

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