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Crime figures fall in Lichfield but rise in Burntwood

Crime figures have shown that there were 285 fewer crimes in Lichfield in the last year,

But the figures, running for the 12 month period up to March 31, showed there were 60 more offences in Burntwood, despite crime levels falling for the fifth year in a row across the Trent Valley policing division.

Trent Valley Division – which covers Burton, Tamworth, Lichfield, Burntwood and Uttoxeter – saw the overall number of offences reduce to a new low of 20,803 for the year.

Chief Supt Mick Harrison

Chief Supt Mick Harrison

Chief Superintendent Mick Harrison, Commander for Trent Valley Division said crime reduction partnerships had helped achieve the year on year reduction in crime.

 “Vandalism, graffiti and other anti-social behaviour are high on the list of community concerns because this is what people tell us at the regular public meetings we stage with our partners as part of neighbourhood policing.

“Through our partnerships with local authorities, the fire and rescue service health and housing providers, communities can get their voices heard and build a solid and long lasting trust with their neighbourhood police officers. The continuing success against crime shows how successful partnership working can be in building people’s trust and confidence in what we are all aiming to achieve.

Chief Supt Harrison also praised the work of volunteers, such as Special Constables and Neighbourhood Watch groups for the valuable role they played in helping reduce and tackle crime.

End of year statistics for Lichfield include:
All crime – A fall of 285 to a new low of 3,580 offences during the year.
Serious violent crime – Thirty offences over the 12 months.
Personal robbery – One additional offence making 35 in total.
House burglaries – Twenty fewer offences over the year down to 183.
Vehicle crime – 417 vehicles stolen or broken into, down three per cent. 
Burglaries of other buildings (businesses, sheds, garages) – A fall of 24 to 284 offences.

End of year statistics for Burntwood include:
All crime – Increase of 60 to 2183 offences over the year.
Serious violent crime – Six offences during the year.
Personal robbery – Ten offences recorded for the year.
House burglaries – Down by a third to 99 offences.
Vehicle crime – An increase of 56 to 327 offences during the year.
Burglaries of other buildings (businesses, sheds, garages) – Down by nine to 214 offences during the year.

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