Crime figures in Manchester 'lowest in 11 years'

Crime across Greater Manchester is at its lowest in 11 years, according to new quarterly figures.

The Home Office statistics cover the 12 months between July 2010 and June 2011 and show nearly 18,000 fewer victims of crime than at the same time last year.

The figures show reductions across domestic burglaries, robberies, vehicle crimes and criminal damage.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the figures showed "fewer people having their lives ruined by criminals".

'Continue to scrutinise'

He added: "They demonstrate that we are making it harder for criminals to operate and safer for potential victims of crime - all at a time when budget cuts are adding extra pressure to the force.

"We cannot lose sight of the fact that all victims of crime are real people and they have to face the very real consequences of crime.

"It is with real people in mind that we continue to strive to reduce the misery caused by crime."

Councillor Paul Murphy, Chairman of Greater Manchester Police Authority, said: "The figures published today show just how far the force has come in terms of successfully tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

"The improvements are impressive, however, I would emphasise that Greater Manchester Police Authority will continue to robustly scrutinise and challenge the force on performance. This is a key part of our role and a responsibility we take very seriously."

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