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Crime figures fall in Greater Manchester

Gun crime and burglaries on the wane as 2010 stats released

Published on January 20th 2011.

Crime figures fall in Greater Manchester

Crime in Greater Manchester fell by more than 11 per cent last year, resulting in almost 30,000 fewer victims, according to figures released today.

The 2010 figures from Greater Manchester Police also show a reduction in burglary, vehicle crime, robbery and gun crime.

The Home Office also releases its 2010 statistics today, which show that from September 2009 to September 2010 Greater Manchester Police made the largest reduction in crime of any force in the North West and the fourth biggest in the country.

House burglaries in the region are down 15 per cent and vehicle crime has been reduced by more than 25 per cent.

There were 2,652 fewer victims of violence compared with the previous 12 months and 1,342 fewer victims of robberies.

The number of firearm discharges went down from 76 to 52 - a reduction of more than 31 per cent - the lowest level since the force started collecting data in April 2003.

Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: "It is particularly pleasing to see that GMP's sharp focus on the sort of crime which impacts on communities and causes fear in neighbourhoods appears to be paying off.

"However we will not be complacent and remain committed to making our communities a safer place to live. We have made a lot of changes to the way we work as a force. We have put communities at the heart of policing and by responding directly to issues raised by residents we have cut crime.

"GMP works closely and tirelessly with residents and agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, courts and councils to ensure criminals are brought to justice and stopped from creating any more misery.

"Neighbourhood survey results tell us that people feel we are doing a good job. We want to build on that and continue to work as hard as we can in making Greater Manchester safer."

Figures show that from January to December 2010:

- Total crime is down by 11.2 per cent, with 28,875 fewer victims
- Domestic burglary has reduced by 15 per cent, with 3,286 fewer victims
- Vehicle crime (theft or unauthorised taking of motor vehicle and theft from a vehicle) is down by 25.3 per cent, with 8,654 fewer victims
- Robbery is down by 20.7 per cent, with 1,342 fewer victims
- Violence against the person has been reduced by 12.5 per cent with 2,652 fewer victims
- Firearms discharges is down by 31.6 per cent, with 24 fewer victims

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