Police say teamwork has paid off as crime falls in Lincolnshire and Rutland

CRIME has fallen across the area according to figures released by the police authorities.

The biggest drop is in Rutland which has seen a 17 per cent decrease in so-called “serious acquisitive crime” in the year ending March 31, 2011.

There were 227 reported crimes such as burglary, stolen cars, violent crime and robbery in 2009/2010, which dropped to 188 reported cases in 2010/2011.

In Lincolnshire, overall crime dropped 3.1 per cent from 46,745 reported cases to 45,284 in 2010/2011.

Rutland police commander Johnny Monks said: “I put the decrease down to smarter deployment of my officers.

“We have a very good structure where beat officers are walking the streets and we have a lot of support from the public locally. We have been in the right place at the right time and are fortunate to be supported by a great neighbourhood watch network across the county. It has been very successful.”

The number of vehicle thefts in Rutland rose by four to 40 but Insp Monks put that down to an increase in rural crime and tractor thefts, which Rutland and Lincolnshire police teamed up to tackle.

He said: “The rural community and farmers have been very good and we shared a police tractor with Lincolnshire which had all of the latest theft prevention devices on it.

“Since then we have had hardly any rural crime at all.”

Lincolnshire police also took action to tackle serious acquisitive crime and say the drop in incidents from 4,868 in 2009/2010 to 4,696 in 2010/2011 was proof that it was starting to take effect.

The county’s assistant chief constable Roger Bannister said: “This good news comes not only as a result of the mammoth efforts of all our staff, but is also due to the invaluable support we receive from our partners, such as the county council, and the local people we serve.

“We can target offenders and bring them to justice, but by working with local partners and communities, we maximise our effectiveness.”

For more details on the figures in Rutland and Lincolnshire visit www.lincs.police.uk or www.leics.police.uk