REPORTS that the latest crime figures are flawed do not affect Cheshire, says a spokesman for the county’s constabulary.
The Home Office released national crime statistics on Thursday (October 23) for April to June 2008 but some news outlets are reporting that 17 police forces undercounted some serious violent crimes such as grievous bodily harm, with 13 of those having to carry out a recount.
However, a spokesman for Cheshire Police confirmed that local statistics were correctly compiled and paint a very positive picture for the county.
Figures for the first quarter of the financial year show crime was down by 5% compared to the same time last year, which means there were more than 1,000 fewer victims of crime.
There were just 61 serious violent crimes recorded and overall violent crime figures, including offences such as minor assault, harassment, and sexual offences, are down by nearly 10%.
There was also a very positive picture in respect of vehicle crime, which fell by 20%, and robbery, which decreased by 18%.
Cheshire Police also reported that household burglary figures are at their lowest levels in years with burglary of business premises falling by 16%.
However, there are concerns that economic conditions have led to a rise in certain types of business crime such as drive-offs from petrol stations and theft of metals and agricultural equipment.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Cheshire Constabulary is working with both business and farming communities to address these issues and sharing intelligence with neighbouring forces who are also experiencing these forms of criminal activity and a number of successful operations to target offenders engaged in metal theft have been undertaken.”
Thankfully, Cheshire has not seen widespread incidents of knife crime. The Constabulary collates information on the number of offences where knives or sharp instruments are used and this showed less than 1% of crime involved bladed weapons during April-June 2008.
Major reductions of criminal damage are also reported, with 400 fewer cases recorded and overall levels of criminal damage falling by more than a quarter since 2005.