FENLAND: Crime drops to the lowest level since new standards introduced 7 years ago

CRIME in Central Division- that includes Fenland- is at its lowest since the national crime recording standards were introduced in 2002 and more crimes have been solved than ever before.Deputy Divisional Commander, Superintendent Paul Fullwood said: Ove

CRIME in Central Division- that includes Fenland- is at its lowest since the national crime recording standards were introduced in 2002 and more crimes have been solved than ever before.

Deputy Divisional Commander, Superintendent Paul Fullwood said: "Over the past year we have bucked the national trend with reductions in crime and ever improving success in bringing offenders to justice."

From April 2008 to April 2009 there were 700 fewer victims of crime than in the same period the previous year. During this period 29.2 per cent of all crimes reported were solved, the highest percentage ever solved by any of the force's divisions in a single year.

Last month (March) 38.49 per cent of crimes reported have been detected so far.


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In the past 12 months 16.5 per cent of all dwelling burglaries were solved compared to 8.1 per cent the previous year.

There have been a number of other significant successes for the division over the past year including the introduction of the Special Investigation Unit. The unit investigates serious sexual assaults and provides an enhanced level of service for victims. Since it was set up there has been a slight increase in the number of sexual assault cases solved.

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In the past 12 months more than �116,000 has been confiscated from criminals at court under the Proceeds of Crime Act and customer satisfaction has risen from 76.8 per cent to 80.9 per cent.

Superintendent Fullwood said: "This has been an excellent year for central division, one of the best for many years and the enthusiasm of the staff has played a key part in this success.

"This success can only reinforce our commitment to improving trust and confidence in policing within our local communities and highlights the hard work of staff on this division.

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