Public Praised for Helping Crack Crime in Tamworth

Posted by Andy Whiles on October 16, 2011 at 12:15 AM

New crime figures for Tamworth show that the number of offences in the town has fallen by three per cent in the last six months.


Statistics for between April and September this year show that:


Fewer than one home is broken into every day

Fewer than two cars are stolen every week

Fewer than one car is broken into each day

Fewer than four robberies are committed each month

There is fewer than one serious violent crime each week

There are fewer than seven incidents of anti-social behaviour each day

Chief Inspector Ian Coxhead said, “Considering there are 31,000 households in Tamworth, and a population of around 76,000, these figures are very encouraging.


“The last three years have shown a consistent year-on-year reduction in crime in the town and that is not just down to the police, it is also down to the public. They are our eyes and ears on the street and the help and information they give us is invaluable.”


A breakdown of the figures show that 2,719 crimes were committed this year, compared with 2,803 for the same period in 2010. Violent crime with injury is down by 18.7 per cent from 363 to 295.


However, thefts from and of vehicles, robberies and burglaries were up 17.5 per cent, from 292 last year to 343 in 2011.


But Ch Insp Coxhead explained that three prolific offenders – all of whom have been caught and are behind bars, committed more than 100 of those offences.


Detection rates showed that 30 per cent of serious acquisitive crime cases had been solved, along with over 57 per cent of burglaries, 27 per of vehicle thefts and 41 per cent of personal robbery cases, although only 14 per cent of cases of thefts from motor vehicles had been solved.


Ch Insp Coxhead added, “These figures show an exceptional performance, but obviously we want to improve even further and we need the continued support of the public. The public are our eyes and ears.”

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