Commissioner welcomes national crime survey results
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed another drop in overall crime, following the release of the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics on Friday (23rd January).

“It is very heartening to see that overall crime levels across the country have fallen by 11 per cent in just one year and are now at their lowest levels since the survey began in 1981,” said Commissioner, David Lloyd. “Thanks to more vigilant crime recording standards, police are closing the gap between their own recorded crime statistics and actual crime levels, which will give the public much more confidence in the crime figures that they see.”

He added: “While Hertfordshire will see the number of recorded offences increase for the period 2013 to 2014, I am satisfied that this is due to the Constabulary’s efforts to conform to National Crime Recording Standards, and not because of an actual increase in offending, as the Crime Survey bears out.”

Following a review of all police forces in England and Wales by her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in 2013 and 2014, most were found to be under-recording crime to some extent, mainly because they were not following precisely the ‘counting’ and recording rules.  The Commissioner asked Hertfordshire Constabulary to improve its own crime recording standards and is pleased with the swift and accurate response.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “I am very pleased that the Constabulary has taken on board fully the issues raised by HMIC last year and has made considerable efforts to apply the National Crime Recording Standards consistently. Although this has meant crime figures are up, we have a much more accurate picture of crime in the county and this means we can ensure resources are more accurately targeted to where they are most needed.

“The latest Crime Survey results reassure me that crime across Hertfordshire has not actually gone up - it is now, simply, more accurately recorded.”

You can contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by email: by telephone 01707 806100 or by post to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, AL5 4GZ. You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.