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Published: 3rd June 2009 16:44

 NEARLY 1000 fewer people have been victims of crime in towns and villages across Trent Valley as crime levels fall for the fifth year in a row.

The confidence boosting end of year figures show 917 fewer people were victims of crime compared with the previous 12 months, a fall of four per cent.

Trent Valley Division - which covers the Burton, Tamworth, Lichfield, Burntwood and Uttoxeter - saw the overall number of offences reduce to a new low of 20,803 for the year ending 31 March, 2009.

Serious violent offences fell by nearly 25 per cent to 166 offences being recorded, adding up to 54 fewer victims of serious violence.

Chief Superintendent Mick Harrison, Commander for Trent Valley Division said: "I am lucky to have a hard working team of officers, support staff and partners.

"Their commitment and dedication has, once again, paid huge dividends and shown that for a fifth year running, we are winning the fight against criminals and criminality.

"In particular, the number of serious violent offences and burglaries continue to fall.

"That success reflects the division's focus on what people tell us are the important issues they want us to tackle such as anti-social behaviour, alcohol fuelled incidents and thefts from property."

Other end of year statistics show:
• House burglaries - down nearly 10-per cent to 1,027.
• Personal robbery - virtually unchanged at 162 offences recorded.
• Vehicle crime - down to 2,208 offences reported - 61 fewer vehicles stolen or broken into.
• Burglaries of other buildings - down 12- per cent to 1,333 offences - 182 fewer companies, garden sheds and outbuildings hit by thieves.

Chief Supt Harrison said crime reduction partnerships in East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth had helped achieve the year on year reduction in crime.

"Vandalism, graffiti and other anti-social behaviour are high on the list of community concerns because this is what people tell us at the regular public meetings we stage with our partners as part of neighbourhood policing.

"Through our partnerships with local authorities, the fire and rescue service health and housing providers, communities can get their voices heard and build a solid and long lasting trust with their neighbourhood police officers."

"The continuing success against crime shows how successful partnership working can be in building people's trust and confidence in what we are all aiming to achieve," he added.

Chief Supt Harrison praised the work of volunteers, such as Special Constables and Neighbourhood Watch groups for the valuable role they played in helping reduce and tackle crime.

End of year statistics for Lichfield include:

• All crime: A fall of 285 to a new low of 3,580 offences during the year.
• Serious violent crime - 30 offences over the 12 months.
• Personal robbery - one additional offence - 35 in total.
• House burglaries - 20 fewer offences over the year down to 183.
• Vehicle crime - 417 vehicles stolen or broken into, down three per cent.
• Burglaries of other buildings (businesses, sheds, garages) - a fall of 24 to 284 offences.

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