Crime rates drop 12 per cent in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Crime has fallen 12 per cent in the 12 months to the end of June 2013 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
Police crack down on crime
There were 103,977 offences reported to the constabulary between July 2012 and June 2013 in crime figures published this week.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said initiatives to tackle crime – such as Operation Fortress, the campaign to tackle drug-related violence in Southampton – had led to a drop in offences.
He added: “The figures are a welcome reminder that our efforts to deliver an excellent service to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are producing results.
“They are testament to the commitment of all my officers and staff who are dedicated to protecting the communities they serve.
“We are all working harder and smarter to engage with our communities and continue to encourage them to report crime and anti-social behaviour.
“There remain significant challenges ahead, however, which is why earlier this week I announced plans to prepare the organisation for the future which will help us to protect vital policing services to the public in coming years.”