Last week, the latest crime figures were published. I have now had a chance to look through them and they are very encouraging - crime in Croydon over the last twelve months is down nearly 10 per cent compared with the previous twelve months. Between April 2012 and March 2013, there were 31,109 recorded crimes in the borough; over the last twelve months, there were 28,151. That’s nearly 3,000 fewer victims of crime.
The biggest reductions have been seen in:
- gun crime offences, down nearly 30% from 115 to 81;
- robbery, down nearly 26% from 2,032 to 1,505; and
- burglary, down nearly 8% from 4,122 to 3,804.
The news wasn’t all positive however - there were rises in rape (up nearly 33% from 178 to 236), domestic crime (up nearly 15% from 2,452 to 2,817) and Islamophobic crime (up 75% from 8 to 14). These increases may in part be due to people being more confident about reporting such offences to the police (a good thing) and in the case of domestic crime a widening of the definition, but they are still a real cause for concern. Violence against the person was also up very slightly from 6,521 offences to 6,545.
And of course the figures don’t reveal the full scale of the problem because too many people don’t tell the police when they are a victim of crime. Nonetheless they do accurately reveal the trend – and that trend is very encouraging and a credit to the work of Chief Superintendant Dave Musker, his officers and the Council officers who work with them – public servants who often put themselves in danger to keep the rest of us safe.
You can see the detailed figures for yourself here.