Crime continues to drop in Lincolnshire is key message laid out by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick in his annual report for 2013-2014.
The report highlights that Lincolnshire continues to be one of the safest places in the country and sets out the achievements over the year in reducing crime figures.
These include a 16.5% decrease in burglary (from a dwelling), an 18% decrease in anti-social behaviour and a 6% decrease in violence against the person with injury.
The levels of satisfaction in the police have increased since the previous reporting period.
The successes have been achieved within a context of increasing financial constraints for Lincolnshire Police, who provide the service at the lowest cost per head of population in the country.
PCC Alan Hardwick said, “Our expectations from our police force and criminal justice agencies have not changed.
“We all want our communities to be safe, feel that we are getting value for money from our taxes and have access to the services we want, when we want them. I know this because you tell me.
“In my Annual Report I have reviewed the achievements of the last year.
“I also a look forward as there remains much for me, and every member of the force to do.”
Mr Hardwick said the financial year has seen some significant achievements for the 1,000 volunteer project, with the introduction of Volunteer PCSOs contributing more than 630 hours of their time in their first month alone.
He said, “I am indebted to our volunteers for the work they do and the commitment they give. The dedication and enthusiasm that is shown never fails to make me proud.
“I have a great sense of pride at the work that is represented in this report, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to our successes; police officers from the ‘Bobby’ on the beat to the chief officer team, the PCSOs in the heart of communities; police staff in their many and diverse roles and of course all our volunteers, who give their time and energy so generously.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the people of this county who are never afraid to tell me what they think, both positive and negative, and who continue to remain passionate about keeping Lincolnshire one of the safest places to live – a passion I share wholeheartedly.”
Key figures in Mr Hardwick’s report:
All recorded crime is down 2.7 per cent with 1,017 fewer crimes from the period April 2013 to March 2014.
Criminal damage is down 9.2 per cent with 560 fewer crimes.
Vehicle crimes are down 11.6 per cent with 396 fewer crimes.
The Force is showing an overall crime resolution rate of 31.6 per cent - an increase compared to the same period last year.
The number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads in Lincolnshire is down 5.4 per cent - 23 fewer.
83 per cent of victims surveyed were satisfied with the service they received.
Other theft/shoplifting crimes have increased 2 per cent - reflecting a national increase of 6 per cent across England and Wales.
Sexual Offences have increased by 18.4 per cent - it is thought that successful campaigns may be raising awareness and reporting.