Crime in Suffolk continues to fall according to the latest Government figures.
The quarterly crime figures released on Thursday (October 17) by the Office of National Statistics show that crime in Suffolk has fallen by 11 per cent in the year ending 30 June 2013 when compared to the previous year.
It also shows that crime has reduced in most categories, including theft, burglary, vehicle crime and criminal damage.
Notably, the number of robberies fell by 28 per cent, public order offences decreased by 21 per cent and violence against a person fell by 11 per cent.
The county is also below the national average of 66 crimes per 1,000 population, with only 54 per 1000 in Suffolk.
Despite the drop in overall burglary the county did see a rise of two per cent in domestic burglary and an increase of 18 per cent in drug offences, however senior officers explained that the rise in the drug category is due to increased police enforcement activity.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Newcomb said: “The figures show we continue to make inroads in reducing crime and reflect not only some of the excellent policing work which is taking place in the county but also that local people are taking measures to ensure they do not become victims of crime.
“More recent good news is that domestic burglary offences are also showing a declining trend since June this year.
“The rise in drug offences is a reflection of the pro-active work being done by our officers and the operations being run throughout the county to target those who cause the most harm in the drug supply chain.”
Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore welcomed the latest figures.
He said: “This reduction in recorded crime reflects the commitment and dedication of the constabulary, and I congratulate them on their performance.
“Some crime, however, is still under-reported and we need to work on this.
“I want people in Suffolk to feel confident to report all crime and for victims to be satisfied with the police service they receive.
“I have every confidence in the constabulary to continue to provide us with an effective and efficient police service.
“I am particularly pleased to see that the pro-active operations are seeing positive results.
“My ambition is to make Suffolk a safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest and, working with the Chief Constable, I am sure we are heading in the right direction to achieve this goal.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (October 24) Echo.