Crime is still falling in Lincolnshire according to the end-of-year report by the county’s police and crime commissioner.
Alan Hardwick said Lincolnshire remained one of the safest places in the country in his annual report, which also set out the force’s success in reducing crime figures.
This includes a 16.5 per cent decrease in burglary from homes, an 18 per cent drop in anti-social behaviour and a six per cent fall in people injured through violence. This was despite increasing financial pressure faced by the force.
Recorded sexual offences increased by 18.4 per cent, although Mr Hardwick said this could have been because of successful campaigns around Christmas and Valentine’s Day to encourage people to report the crimes.
Levels of satisfaction in the police have increased.
Mr Hardwick said: “Our expectations from our police force and criminal justice agencies have not changed.
“We all want our communities to be safe, feel that we are getting value for money from our taxes and have access to the services we want, when we want them. I know this because you tell me.
“In my annual report I have reviewed the achievements of the last year. I also look forward as there remains much for me, and every member of the force to do.”
Mr Hardwick said the financial year had seen significant achievements for his flagship 1,000 volunteer project, with the introduction of volunteer police community support officers contributing more than 630 hours of their time in their first month.
Mr Hardwick added: “I am indebted to our volunteers for the work they do and the commitment they give. The dedication and enthusiasm that is shown never fails to make me proud.
“I have a great sense of pride at the work that is represented in this report, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to our successes; police officers from the bobby on the beat to the chief officer team, the PCSOs in the heart of communities; police staff in their many and diverse roles and of course all our volunteers, who give their time and energy so generously.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the people of this county who are never afraid to tell me what they think, both positive and negative, and who continue to remain passionate about keeping Lincolnshire one of the safest places to live - a passion I share wholeheartedly.”
Visit www.lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk/ to read the report.
Violence against the person (with injury) - down 6.1 per cent.
Criminal damage - down 9.2 per cent.
Vehicle crimes - down 11.6 per cent.
Dwelling burglaries - down 12.4 per cent.
Crimes on the rise
Shoplifting and other theft - up two per cent.
Sexual offences - up 18.4 per cent.