Spectacular drop in Cambridgeshire crime with only drug offences on the rise

CRIME in Cambridgeshire has dropped spectacularly with only drugs offences rising - and that’s simply because more offenders are being caught.

Police crackdowns have caused a 30 per cent rise in drug offences, up from 2080 to 2694, according to Home Office figures released today.

Total crime has fallen by seven per cent in the last year (to the end of June 2011), with 54,732 offences compared to 58,873 for the previous period.

Robbery fell by a dramatic 24 per cent, from 712 to 543 offences, while domestic burglary, vehicle crime, fraud and forgery and criminal damage all fell by double figure percentages.

Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “These Home Office figures are very encouraging and recent force figures show we have continued to head in the right direction since June.

“They clearly demonstrate our commitment to tackling crime, despite the challenging financial climate and the fundamental changes the force is currently going through.

“It is particularly pleasing to see significant reductions in robbery, burglary and vehicle crime because they have an impact on so many victims.

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“However, we will not be complacent and our drive to put the fear of crime into the criminals will continue.”

Full crime figures:

Total crime – down by seven per cent to 54,732.

Violence against the person – down by four per cent to 10,272.

Violence against the person with injury – down seven per cent to 4255. Violence against the person without injury – down two per cent to 6017.

Sexual offences – down three per cent to 751.

Robbery – down 24 per cent to 543.

Burglary – down by 10 per cent to 6585.

Burglary in a dwelling – down by 11 per cent to 3163.

Burglary in a building other than a dwelling – down by eight per cent to 3422.

Offences against vehicles – down by 13 per cent to 5279.

Other theft offences – down by two per cent to 17,036.

Fraud and forgery – down by 17 per cent to 1773.

Criminal damage – down by 18 per cent to 8829.

Drug offences – up by 30 per cent to 2694.

Other offences – down by seven per cent to 970.

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