Policing and Crime Minister David Hanson MP said:
"Today's figures show that across the country burglary, robbery and violence are all down this quarter and overall police recorded crime reduced by eight per cent.
"I'm very pleased to see that confidence in the police and councils is increasing and the number of people worried about high levels of anti-social behaviour has fallen to 15 per cent - the lowest on record. The British Crime Survey also shows that the risk of being a victim is at its lowest point ever."
"Improving public confidence in the police and local councils is one of government's top priorities. That is why we slashed all national targets for the police, except one on public confidence, freeing them up to deliver on the crime and anti-social behaviour issues that matter locally.
"This quarter we see that serious acquisitive crime is down, including an eight per cent drop in burglary, nine per cent drop in robbery and a 20 per cent drop in vehicle crime. Although we continue to see some pressure on crimes like pickpocketing, good progress is being made by the police and others.
"I would like to thank police and partners for their continuing efforts in bearing down on these crimes, especially in tough economic times. This is being supported by our £20 million package of support targeting priority areas to nip burglary and robbery in the bud, help to secure up to 60,000 vulnerable homes across the country and practical help for retailers to tackle shoplifting and theft.
"These figures show an encouraging 12 per cent fall in knife related violence is particularly welcome, including a 33 per cent drop in knife homicide from 81 to 54 cases. This builds on annual figures for 2008/09 which saw a 14 per cent drop in homicides, including a 20 year low in gun fatalities, and a 10 per cent drop in firearm robberies.
"Since 1997 crime as measured by the BCS has fallen by 36 per cent, violence is down by 41 per cent and burglary is down by 54 per cent."
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Two crime bulletins are being published today:
* 'Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to September 2009' can be found at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/hosb0210.pdf
* 'Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2008/09: Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2008/09' can be found at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/hosb0110.pdf
2. For the first time, rolling 12 month statistics at police force area level are being published alongside this quarterly bulletin on the Home Office website. These statistics cover a range of recorded crime offence groups and BCS findings on confidence and perceptions and are available online at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/hosb 0210pftabs.xls
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