Figures reveal crime has dropped by almost 15% in five years across Lichfield and Burntwood

Crime in Lichfield and Burntwood has fallen by almost 15% in the last five years, according to new figures.

Police officers on patrol

Police officers on patrol

A report to a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s community, housing and health overview and scrutiny committee showed that there were 3,677 recorded crimes in 2014-15 – down from 4,308 in 2010-11.

The number of public order offences fell from 110 to 98 in the same period.

Cllr Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen

Councillor Doug Pullen, the council’s Cabinet member for community, said the results showed efforts to bring the number of incidents down were paying off.

“We welcome the fall in crime overall, and know that the police and other partner agencies work hard to combat crime and promote community safety,” he said.

Despite the overall drop there was a rise in the number of sexual offences recorded, with 111 last year compared to 67 in 2010-11.

Cllr Pullen said: “The recent rise in the reporting of sexual crimes may be linked to the increased media coverage of these types of crimes and of the high profile cases.

“Reporting these types of crimes is really important, so while it is worrying to see more and more cases come to light, it is encouraging that more people feel confident in coming forward.”

The figures also revealed a drop in the number of people injured in road traffic incidents.

In 2010 there were 455 recorded casualties in Lichfield and Burntwood, but by 2014 that number had dropped to 396.

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3 Comments

  1. Lichfield Resident

    20th March, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Is this reduction in anyway linked to the excellent OWL neighbourhood watch scheme that has been in operation in Lichfield in recent years? Has this scheme been scaled back recently? Reduction in funding? I am certain that it is no longer continuing in the same form. Shame.

  2. Chris

    21st March, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    “In 2010 there were 455 recorded casualties in Lichfield and Burntwood, but by 2014 that number had dropped to 396.”
    It’s no longer possible to drive around most of Lichfield at more than a crawling pace, so that’s not much of a surprise.

  3. Charlie bravo

    21st March, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Or in other words they have changed the way crimes are recorded with some crimes no longer being recorded as a crime but as a 101 or minor complaints… Helps the police commissioner post ….

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