Police praised as crime drops by a quarter

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2014

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CRIME in North Somerset has fallen by more than a quarter over the past four years.

Almost 3,500 fewer crimes took place in 2013, compared with 2010 
according to the latest figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics.

Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, said the figures reflect a successful 12 months of policing in North Somerset.

She said: “In the past year we have had success in tackling drug crime, antisocial behaviour and burglary, securing some significant convictions of offenders who are individually responsible for a high number of offences.”

In 2010, a total of 13,032 crimes were recorded in North Somerset but it fell to 9,679 last year, marking a 26 per cent reduction.

The trend is reflected across Avon and Somerset Constabulary with a seven per cent drop in crime over the past 12 months.

Crime across the force fell in all bar four areas: violence without injury, sexual offences, shoplifting and 
possession with weapons.

Weston MP John Penrose said the police deserved a lot of credit for their success in the past few years.

He added: “Hats off to Weston’s police. These results speak volumes for the dedication and commitment of our local force, and the way they’re being managed too.

“Crime is falling faster here in Weston than across the Avon and Somerset area as a whole, so full marks to everyone who’s been involved in making Weston and the villages safer places for us all to live.”

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