Crime rates fall by 9% in England and Wales

According to the latest British Crime Survey statistics, crime in England and Wales fell by 9% in the 12 months to December 2002.

The report also found an 11% fall in domestic burglary and 2% fall in violent crime and a 17% fall in vehicle theft as compared to the same period the previous year. Police recorded crime, after adjustment for recording changes, is also down 7%.

Home Office Minister Bob Ainsworth said: "These figures show government measures to reduce crime are working. Crime is continuing a downward trend and the risk of being a victim remains at its lowest level for 20 years."

He added: "Falls in burglary, violent crime, robbery and vehicle theft means

fewer victims, but we are not complacent. We have a record number of

police officers - 131,548. We have matched our promises with money

and substantially increased police funding, which is rising by 6.2% in 2003/4 alone. And we are reforming the way they work which means they will be able to spend more time fighting crime, rather than on paperwork."


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