Drop in crime figures for South Wales
Date Published: 23/04/2012
The latest figures show the streets of South Wales are getting safer with a drop in crime of over 6% in 2011.
The Office of National Statistics data (for the 12 month period to December 2011) reveals that overall, recorded crime in the South Wales Police area has fallen by 6.6%.
This is equivalent to 6,354 fewer victims of crime or more than 17 fewer victims every day, marking South Wales Police as having the fifth biggest reduction in crime overall of the 43 forces in England and Wales.
Criminal damage has dropped significantly by 15.9% - the highest reduction in England and Wales.
Acting Deputy Chief Constable Julian Kirby said:
“I commend our staff who have worked hard to deliver this fantastic performance.
“This has been another challenging year for the organisation due to the budget cuts, but we have never been more focused on the job in hand. We are changing the organisation for the better to ensure we work smarter and faster, there when the public needs us and arresting criminals to go before the courts.
“These figures also show more crimes are being solved.
“We will not stop targeting people who drive up crime by repeatedly committing offences and behaving anti-socially. They should know that we will not leave them alone and there is always a space in our cells for them, but we are working with