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Crime figures fall last year

Crime figures fall last year

The government has released its latest Crime Survey for England and Wales and the figures show that there were eight per cent less offences committed in the year ending September 2012, when compared to the previous 12 months.

This means that the stats are now at their lowest level since the Crime Survey began.

Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said that incidents continue to fall under the coalition.

"Police reform is working. We have swept away central targets, reduced bureaucracy and these figures show forces are rising to the challenge of doing more with less," he stated.

Mr Browne explained that there is now a better relationship between the police and the public and the crime commissioner scheme is allowing residents to have a direct say on local policing for the first time.

Police state that homes and businesses that employ an array of security systems can help to lower the chances of them becoming a target of a crime.

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