Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan has welcomed statistics published today [Wednesday 20 April] which show that overall recorded crime in Wales fell by 9%, compared with the previous twelve months.
Mrs Gillan said: “These statistics are encouraging and I’m sure will offer reassurance to people across Wales. In particular, we have seen significant welcomed reductions in the number of robberies, offences against vehicles, fraud and criminal damage recorded.
“However, whilst the overall statistics are promising and offer great foundations to build upon, there is no room for complacency. Although recorded crime is falling in Wales, the public perception of particular crimes such as anti-social behaviour being a problem in their locality remains largely unchanged. This remains a cause for concern and we must redouble our efforts, working closely with our four police forces, to address and improve public confidence. “
The latest figures show that in Wales, compared to the previous 12 months from December 2009 to December 2010:
- Offences against vehicles down 20%
- Fraud and Forgery down 19%
- Criminal Damage down 18%
- Robbery down 15%
- Violence against the person down 9%
- Burglary down 8%
The latest crime statistics can be found at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/hosb0611/?view=Standard&pubID=885323