Crime rate in Rutland down by 16.6 per cent

The overall crime rate in Rutland has dropped by 16.6 per cent compared over the last year.

Figures release this week show that 1,116 crime were reported in the county between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013.

This is compared with 1,338 for the previous year.

There were significant decreases in thefts from motor vehicles, which fell 25.8 per cent from 186 to 138, and in criminal damage, which dropped 26.9 per cent from 242 to 177.

Some crimes did increase during the period. Burglaries rose 14 per cent from 50 to 57, while drug offences increased 34.2 per cent from 38 to 51.

And robberies increased by 50 per cent - but only went up from two incidents to three.

Rutland local policing unit commander Insp Kam Mistry said: “The 16.6 per reduction in recorded crime is encouraging.

“Such reductions are made possible by the support received from local people. We will continue in the coming days, weeks and months to perform our duty to protect our communities.”

Insp Mistry added: “Rutland continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.”