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Crime Falls In Greater Manchester

Good news from the law and order front

Published on January 19th 2012.

Crime Falls In Greater Manchester

THERE were more than 16,000 fewer victims of crime in Greater Manchester between October 2010 and September 2011, new figures have shown. 

There are fewer victims of each type of criminal offence, which means that people can feel safer and criminals are finding it harder to operate.

Incidents of crime fell from 234,028 to 217,499, meaning that there were 16,529 fewer victims. 

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: "We continue to listen to what our communities are telling us and remain committed to delivering the results that they want. 

"For example, when metal thefts were increasing, thefts which included local churches being targeted and in extreme cases plaques being stolen from cemeteries, we launched Operation Alloy which has proactively disrupted the activities of criminals. 

"There are fewer victims of each type of criminal offence, which means that people can feel safer and criminals are finding it harder to operate. 

"Initiatives such as Operation Audacious, which targeted drug dealers in Manchester, are examples of proactive police work that disrupt the activities of criminals and shows people that we are tackling the issues that cause real harm. 

"This significant reduction comes in spite of reductions in our budget which continue to add pressure to the force and a number of high profile challenges including the disorder of August 2011. 

"But what these figures show is that on a daily basis the priorities of the force have not changed because we believe that reducing crime is the most effective way we can continue to help our communities feel safe." 

Headline figures; comparing October 2010 to September 2011 with October 2009 to September 2010. 

771 fewer victims of robbery, representing a 14% drop.

2324 fewer victims of burglary, representing a 7% drop.

2252 fewer victims of violence against the person, representing a 5% drop.

5992 fewer victims of offences against vehicles, representing a 20% drop.

445 fewer victims of fraud and forgery, representing a 5% drop.

The rate of detections for crimes was 27.1%, an increase of 1.5%. 

Operation Alloy, a force-wide initiative to reduce metal thefts and bring offenders to justice, was launched after metal theft offences peaked in May 2011 to 870. By December 2011 there were 540 less offences (a drop of 62%).

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Giles GroverJanuary 19th 2012.

Does anyone know if this includes figures from the riots in August?

Also, Operation "Audacious"? Wonder how long that particular piece of nomenclature took...

AnonymousJanuary 19th 2012.

I'm looking forward to Operation Bodacious, where they clamp down on skateboarders in Spinningfields...

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AnonymousJanuary 19th 2012.

Skateboarders have their favourites spots in the city centre. One is coming out of Piccadilly Station. Its been going on for years.

JS3January 20th 2012.

love it.

Simon TurnerJanuary 20th 2012.

The crime statistics re. the riots have been airbrushed by the police and government agencies. There's also a weird anomaly in how crime is reported. Individual shops that were invaded by rioters are counted as one single crime on the official statistics. 30 people trashing Footlocker = one offence.

John FosterJanuary 20th 2012.

Has anyone noticed to the right of the article proclaiming crime has fallen in Greater Manchester the headline reads "Cross stolen from Manchester Cathedral", underneath the article reads "Man Arrested afer NQ Sex Attacks" and under that "Armed robber who loses shoe and gun is jailed"...

Charlie BJanuary 20th 2012.

John and your point is? The article doesn't say Crime Disappears From Greater Manchester. Eh?

AnonymousJanuary 21st 2012.

Has anyone ever seen a policeman in the city centre or on a tram. I come through the city centre at 9-10pm and apart from the two transport police inside Piccadilly station, I never see a single one outside in the streets, or on trams, never even one. How do they achieve that? taking so many millions too, yet completely invisible. Can anyone remember what they even look like? I think this guy Peter Fahy should be in the magic circle.

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SmittyJanuary 24th 2012.

Dunno anonymous, I see bobbies in the city centre all the time. I don't think you get them on the tram, in the same way that you don't on trains or buses. But I find the levels of police in the city centre quite reassuring. They're generally quite polite as well.

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