Home Office national crime statistics released today show that overall recorded crime in Hertfordshire continued to fall in the 12 months to September 2012. Crime levels in Hertfordshire remain well below national levels and overall crime in the county is falling faster than the national decrease.
In the 12 months to September 2012, recorded crime in Hertfordshire fell by 10%, with dwelling burglary down 14%, vehicle crime down 11% and robbery down by 17%. Nationally recorded crime fell by 7%, dwelling burglary down 7%, vehicle crime down 8% and robbery down by 8%.
Rates of crime in the county compared to the national picture also remained low across main crime types with Hertfordshire having 52 recorded offences per one thousand population compared to a national rate of 68. Hertfordshire’s burglary crime rate remains well below the national rate; 7 offences per one thousand households compared to 10 nationally.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “These figures confirm that Hertfordshire is not only a low crime county but one where crime is falling faster and further than elsewhere. It also shows that crime can fall at the same time that budgets reduce. As I have consistently said, it is not how much money you have but how well you spend it. The taxpayer provides all of the funding for the police service and they deserve excellent value. “
Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “These are stunning, positive figures. I would like to thank the public of Herts, who are our greatest allies in the fight against crime, the other organisations who work with us and, of course, the hard working officers, staff and volunteers of Hertfordshire Constabulary.”