A DROP in crime of 13% across Lancashire over the past 12 months has been welcomed by the Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.
The latest release of crime numbers from the Office for National Statistics, which were released on July 17, show a drop of 13% for all reported crime (from 165,368 to 143,736 crimes) with violent crime showing a 10% reduction (from 63,324 to 56,921 crimes).
Mr Grunshaw said: “I welcome the news that crime has been cut significantly in Lancashire over the last 12 months with a 13% drop in the total recorded crimes year on year.
“This comes at a challenging time for the police locally and reflects the hard work that has gone into making Lancashire a safe place to live and work.
“These figures are good news for Lancashire and shows how through continued investment we are able to see positive changes.
“The people of Lancashire consistently tell me that they want the police to focus on violent crime, the fact that it has reduced significantly is testament to the hard work that has gone into to tackling the issue.
“It is crucial that we are able to continue to see a sustained drop in reported crime and to do this we need investment from government. Now is the time for a fair deal for Lancashire Police and to return the hundreds of officers lost to austerity.
“I have consistently called for Lancashire to receive it's fair share of officers from the government's announced increase in numbers and these figures show what can be done with more officers on our streets. Lancashire has shown that it is a force that can reduce crime in tough times.
“I commend the hard work of Lancashire officers in reducing crime so significantly in the last year.
“Officers do an exceptional job in tough circumstances and should welcome this news.”