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Greater Manchester Crime Figures Released

20,000 fewer crimes but domestic violences cases up

Written by . Published on July 14th 2011.

Greater Manchester Crime Figures Released

THE LATEST figures from Greater Manchester Police show 20,000 fewer crimes when compared to last year - its lowest figure in ten years.

The overall figures, for the year to May 2011, also show more arrests and increased numbers of people being put before the courts - and hundreds of years of jail time for offenders. More than 97,000 people were locked up during the year, an increase of 1,400.

Of those, more than 40,000 people were either charged or ordered to appear in court.

The number of domestic violence-related cases increased, however, by 599, from 14,599 in 2010 to 15,198 in 2011, a rise of four per cent. 

"The perception in the media and among the public is that budget cuts would mean less frontline officers and more crime, but these figures show that is not the case."

The figures do show reductions in the number of domestic burglaries, robberies, incidents of vehicle crime and antisocial behaviour, serious acquisitive crime, serious violent crime and hate crime, however.

The murder rate also dropped. In 2010 there were 37 homicides (murder, manslaughter and infanticide) of which 32 were murder; in 2011, there were 33 homicides, of which 26 were murder. 

Incidents where a gun was involved (which includes robbery) but not fired or firearms discharges, dropped from 62 in 2010 to 45 in 2011 - the lowest since recording of discharges began in 2003.

GMP officers also seized more than £2.5m in cash from criminals in the last 12 months , and through Proceeds of Crime Act Legislation (POCA) offenders were ordered to pay back more than £3.1m.

Greater Manchester Police will receive a £1.4m slice of those amounts, which will be reinvested into fighting crime. 

Chief Constable Peter Fahy said: "These figures show our approach to reducing crime is working. 

"Not only has crime fallen but the number of arrests have gone up. Our aim is to not only catch criminals but also make it impossible for them to operate by using every tool available to us, and these figures show we are going in the right direction to achieve that.

"The perception in the media and among the public is that budget cuts would mean less frontline officers and more crime, but these figures show that is not the case."

GMP is also promising to put more officers into neighbourhood teams.

"Our ambition is to keep building on these results," said Fahy. "We know we live in an era of budget reductions and uncertainty, but this will not prevent us from reducing crime. 

"By working in smarter ways we can not only save costs, but more importantly free up officers to get into the heart of communities and tackle criminals, which we know is what people want."

Headline figures:

Between April 2010 to March 2011 -

- Incidents of crime fell from 247,574 to 227,709 when compared with April 2009 to March 2010 - the lowest level since the millennium.

- 1,752 fewer victims of domestic burglary (18.427 crimes compared to 20,179 between April 2009 and March 2010).

- 1,142 fewer victims of robbery (4,879 crimes compared to 6,021 between April 2009 and March 2010).

- 7,480 fewer victims of vehicle crime (24,317 crimes compared to 31,797 between April 2009 and March 2010).

- 10,378 fewer victims of serious acquisitive crime (47,623 crimes compared to 57,997 between April 2009 and March 2010).

- 677 fewer victims of hate crime (3,711 crimes compared to 4,388 between April 2009 and March 2010).

- 483 fewer victims of serious violent crime (2,273 crimes compared to 2,756 between April 2009 and March 2010).

- The number of arrests have increased from 95,696 to 97,097.

- Sanction detection rates have increased from 61,169 to 62,528. The number of people charged or summonsed to appear before court has increased from 39,735 to 41,381.

- 78 restraints order where suspected criminals have had their assets frozen. 

- 343 Confiscation Orders where criminals have been ordered by a court to pay back a total of £3.174m (of which GMP receives 18 percent, representing £571,320 directly recouped by the Force).

- 272 incidents where GMP officers have seized £1,000 or more in cash suspected to be involved in criminality. In total, £2.576m was seized.

- 168 Forfeiture Orders granted, totalling £1.7m. Of this, GMP gets 50 percent, which means £850,000 directly recouped by the Force.

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