Crime falls in Wigan

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SERIOUS crime in Wigan fell last year according to the latest figures.

Statistics released by the Office for National Statistics show that crimes deemed to be key offences have decreased in Wigan.

The biggest drop in key offences was Robbery, which fell by 15 per cent in 2011/12 from 2010/11; down from 4,876 to 4,199.

There was also a large decrease in crimes deemed to be violence against a person, down from 3,498 in 2010.11 to 3,100 in 2011/12 (an 11 per cent decrease).

There was a smaller decrease in burglary, with a two per cent drop from 1,266 in 2010/11 to 1,244 in 2011/12.

Thefts from vehicles were also down from 1,511 in 2010/11 to 1,442 in 2011/12 (a five per cent drop).

Despite cuts to the officer numbers and the closure of many front line counters, statistics suggest Greater Manchester Police are tackling serious crimes in the borough.

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “This has been a challenging and difficult year for the force but thanks to the dedication and commitment of our staff combined with the overwhelming support we’ve received from the public, crime in Greater Manchester has halved during the past 10 years.

“We have dealt with a number of serious investigations during the past year, which has seen officers working long hours to bring offenders to justice.

“Each one of these crimes has caused unbearable pain for the family, friends and wider community and we remain determined in our efforts against tackling serious and organised crime.Throughout this time, we have continued to focus on making life difficult for the most persistent offenders that blight our communities.

Robbery has reduced by 14 per cent, burglary reduced by nine per cent and vehicle crime reduced by 17 per cent.

“While the improvements are impressive, please be assured that we will not become complacent. Despite huge financial pressures, we will not let our day-to-day policing suffer.”

Last month the Wigan Evening Post reported a drop in anti-social behaviour in the borough, although GMP admit more could be done to cut incidents further.

Whilst there was a seven per cent drop from 2010, Calls have been made for local police to improve how they prioritise incidents of ASB and respond to them.