Crime falls in Avon and Somerset despite major budget cuts
CRIME has consistently dropped across the Avon and Somerset force since the introduction of a targeted Police and Crime Plan.
In the three months between March 31, when the plan was launched, and June, the number of burglaries decreased by 450 while the amount of break-ins reported and solved increased from 11.6 per cent to 13.1 cent compared to the same period in 2012.
The plan set out to clampdown on anti-social behaviour, tackle burglaries, domestic and sexual violence and improve victim satisfaction.
While the proportion of anti-social behaviour cases fully resolved remained at 38.6 per cent, victim satisfaction rose from 81.5 per cent to 83.9 per cent.
Reported sexual offences soared by seven per cent. The number of serious sex crimes solved stayed at 30.4 per cent.
Domestic violence fell by around four per cent with around 440 fewer incidents reported. Victim satisfaction in sex assault cases went up from 86.7 per cent to 87.4 per cent.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "This is a really promising start by the constabulary.
"Obviously these results capture just a small window but it’s good to be able to share with residents how the police are doing.
"I don’t think we should shy away from the areas that need improving. I think by being open and honest with residents it gives us all a better sense of how we can work together to make our communities even safer and encourage people to report crimes."
She added: "Burglary will continue to be a focus. Around 30 per cent of all burglaries could have been avoided, because burglars got in through open windows or unlocked doors. I am keen that we all do what we can to avoid opportunist thieves."
Last June the government announced further cuts to police funding. This means the force will have to slice its budget by £14million over the next two years on top of the £40 million already saved since 2010.
But Ms Mountstevens pledged to maintain standards and keep improving figures despite the potential loss of 228 officers.
"I have no doubt that it’s going to be a tough job over the next two years. You can only go on cutting for so long. I will be working very closely with the chief constable. We will both be watching performance and making sure that the service residents receive does not suffer as a result of fewer resources."
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