Number of victims of crime in Calderdale down by 12 per cent

Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern.
Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern.

Latest figures from the Home Office show crime is down in Calderdale by nearly 12 per cent.

The reduction means there were 1,868 fewer victims of crime in the district than the year before.

Divisional commander for Calderdale Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern said: “There are 130 fewer victims of burglary dwelling, 383 fewer victims of theft from motor vehicle and 131 less people have had their vehicle stolen.

“There have also been 613 less instances of criminal damage and 519 fewer victims of violent offences.

“The reduction in crime is good for the public because people are safer on the street and it’s also good for the local economy.

“Low crime and the fact that crime is continuing to fall makes it better for businesses to invest in the area.”

Despite huge Government0imposed budget cuts, Chief Superintendent Hardern said they are determined to continue driving down crime.

“We are committed to neighbourhood policing and our officers are on the ground continuing their work with the local community and partners,” he said.

“We have ongoing operations to improve the quality of life of people in the community and local officers are working with local people and partner organisations to reduce crime. I will continue to make those officers visible and accessible to the public.

“It’s a significant downward trend that I want to continue.”