Thursday 19th July 2012
The latest crime figures released today (July 19th) show the streets of South Wales are still getting safer with a 7% drop in crime.
Crime figures for the 12-month period up to March 31st 2012 show that crime across South Wales fell by 7% compared to the year before.
This is equivalent to 6,439 fewer victims of crime, more than 17 fewer victims every day.
Incidents of antisocial behaviour fell by 21% and thefts of motor vehicles dropped significantly by 15.9%, meaning there were 430 fewer victims of crime.
Criminal damage fell by 16.2% and robberies dropped by 7.1%.
The number of homes burgled also reduced.
Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby said: “Our message to those who commit crime, including those people who think they are above the law and offend again and again, is that you won’t be left alone.
“We remain focused on arresting criminals and putting them in court; and that includes dealing with people who behave antisocially in our communities.
“The budget cuts have been challenging and there are still pressures ahead, but we are making changes for the better.
“More officers are being moved onto the frontline and we’re using new technology to become more efficient.
“Over 200 new Police Community Support Officers will also be on our streets soon, funded by the Welsh Government.
“The smallest pieces of information from people in our communities can be a big help to officers investigating crime, and we hope the public will continue to support us and contact us.
“I commend our staff who have worked hard to produce these results.”
To pass on information about crime, suspicious activity or antisocial behaviour, the public can call 101, speak to their local neighbourhood policing team or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.