Caution is needed over drop in crime

Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies wants to see continued reductions in reported crime.at the police engagement day in Stamford.
Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies wants to see continued reductions in reported crime.at the police engagement day in Stamford.
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Two of Lincolnshire’s top policemen are downplaying figures showing that reported crime in the county has dropped by two per cent.

Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies and Chief Superintendent Phil Vickers both admitted that the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) don’t “tell the whole story” about crime in Lincolnshire.

Recorded crime fell from 36,095 to 35,725 between October 2013 and September 2014, a drop of 370 compared to 2012-13.

The number of thefts reported fell by four per cent from 20,443 to 19,754, while non-domestic burglaries went down from 3,371 in 2012-13 to 3,364 in 2013-14.

Mr Davies said: “We are keen to see reductions in recorded crime as they give us encouragement that our efforts, along with those of our partners, are helping to make the county safer.

“We have long had a high standard of integrity in our crime recording, as demonstrated independently by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, so our figures are reliable.

“This year we are seeing a continued reduction in crime which is to be welcomed.

“However, there are some areas which are not following the downward trend and these will receive our attention so that we can understand what is occurring in order to provide the best possible service to victims and reduce the risk to the public further.”

Violent crime, robbery and domestic burglaries all went up during the period of the survey, while sexual offences jumped by 17 per cent from 610 to 730.

Mr Vickers from the East Midlands Operation Support Service said: “The figures, in themeselves, don’t tell the whole story because every crime involves a victim somewhere down the line.”