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Lower crime figures welcomed

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

KENT Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes has welcomed the latest recorded crime data which shows there were almost 1,700 fewer victims of crime in Kent last year.

Official figures show that while crime is up nationally by 6%, crime in Kent fell by 3% in the 12 months up to September 2015. Victim-based crime in Kent was down 1.6%, which means 1,692 fewer victims.

Shortly after taking up her post, Mrs Barnes found that one in ten of all crimes was not being correctly recorded and launched an investigation into Kent’s reporting procedures. She said: “Kent Police did a fantastic job in putting things right and now has the most reliable crime statistics in the country.”

The commissioner said: “I have always promised to cut crime and boost visible policing, because wherever I go in Kent these are the things people tell me they want from their police force. But I’ve also made it clear that Kent Police has no numerical targets - what is important is simply doing the right thing for victims of crime and giving a quality service.”

The figures show there were 2,043 fewer burglary victims in Kent in the year ending September 2015 compared with the previous 12 months.

There were, however, rises in the numbers of recorded violent crimes and sexual offences, mirroring the national trends.

Mrs Barnes said: “I’m reassured that one very important reason for this is because more victims are coming forward to report offences going on behind closed doors.”