Wiltshire still has one of the lowest crime rates in England

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By Holly_Berry | Monday, July 26, 2010, 18:41

Wiltshire Police has the 6th lowest crime rate in England for every 1,000 people and remains one of the safest counties in the country, according to figures released earlier this month.

There were 2,706 fewer crimes in Wiltshire and Swindon between April 2009 and March 2010 according to the Home Office statistics, with all recorded crime falling by 7% for the second successive year. This year’s fall is consistent with the overall 8% decrease in crime nationally.

While the latest number of all crimes recorded in Wiltshire and Swindon fell to 38,671, there was a 21% rise in sex offences. However, Serious Sexual Offences saw a detection rate of 34% compared to a 28% average across the group of forces most similar to Wiltshire.

National promotional activity urging women to report sex crimes have played a part in the increase of detection in this area. Wiltshire Police reinforce the message that any form of sexual crime is unacceptable and specially trained officers will deal sympathetically with all victims. Witness care officers are also available to help and support through any subsequent court proceedings.

The British Crime Survey published in conjunction with the national crime figures shows a very positive picture for Wiltshire Police.  They are the 2nd best force in England for people’s perceptions of anti-social behaviour, the 3rd best in the country for the public’s perception of a lack of a drunk/rowdy behaviour problem. 

Meanwhile, the results of the National Summer 2010 Drink Drive Campaign show that drink driving is still a problem, despite hard hitting advertising and increased enforcement activity.

The campaign, running throughout England and Wales for the whole of June 2010 saw 3377 drivers breath tested within Wiltshire. Of these 97 tested positive (2.87%). A welcome drop from last year’s campaign which saw 6.4% test positive. Last year saw 735 breath tests carried out for the whole of summer campaign compared to 3377 this year.

Inspector Nick Elton, Operations Manager for the Wiltshire Police Road Policing Unit said:

“The 97 drink drivers breathalysed and arrested will be brought to justice and could face disqualification, a fine or potentially imprisonment as a result of their choice to drink and drive. Approximately one in five road deaths in the UK have excess alcohol as a contributory factor and this is far too high.”



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