CARDIFF CRIME FIGURES ARE DOWN
Date Published: 19/07/2012
LATEST Home Office crime figures show that violent crime in Cardiff has dropped by almost 10 per cent.
Annual crime figures released by the Home Office today (July 19, 2012) for the 12-month period up to the end of March 2012 reveal that crime overall in Eastern BCU has fallen by 2.9 per cent - the equivalent of 970 fewer victims of crime.
One of the biggest reductions has been violent crime with 654 fewer victims, a 9.8 per cent decrease.
Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Alun Thomas said: “We have never been more focused on the job in hand and these figures are extremely encouraging during challenging financial times.
“Our aim is to ensure that the local community is at the heart of everything we do by putting the right people, in the right places at the right time.
“We police in excess of 1000 events in Cardiff and have more than 280 licensed premises in the city centre, the highest number per square mile anywhere in the UK, yet violent crime continues to fall which I hope provides some reassurance to those who live, work and socialise in our capital.”
There are further decreases in theft of motor vehicles (9.6%), criminal damage (14.9%) and anti social behaviour (21.3%)
Key operations over the 12 months which have helped contribute to the decreases include:
Operation Saturn to reduce the number of robberies and burglaries in Roath and Cathays.
Operation Belladonna continues to focus on the prevention and detection of criminal activity and anti social behaviour in parks.
Operation Mistletoe a partnership operation over the festive period resulted in just nine incidents of violent crime in December.
Operation Perception aims to hear first hand from residents about their specific concerns, what action they would like taken and then deliver results.
Chief Supt Thomas added: “These figures demonstrate the hard work and dedication of all our staff, but also the role of Safer Capital which has a strong influence on the reduction of crime in Cardiff.
“We realise that statistics are not everything, and while we continue to work hard our biggest challenge now is to make people feel safe.
"We must also thank the public because without their help our job is impossible and the information we receive from our communities is what makes a difference.”
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