Figures suggest fall in Merseyside crime

Crime across Merseyside has fallen for a fifth straight year, Home Office figures have suggested.

The report stated there were more than 5,300 fewer victims of crime in the region between July 2010 and 2011.

There was a reduction of 5.1% in reported incidents, compared to a national average over the year of 4%.

Chairman of Merseyside Police Authority, Bill Weightman, warned that planned budget cuts could have an impact on future figures.

He said: "It's a major achievement for Merseyside Police, especially considering the financial climate, and is evidence that decisions taken by the police authority have cushioned the impact on frontline services.

"It is recognised, however, that the financial cuts being faced now and in the future will result in difficult and challenging decisions which will have an impact on the frontline."

Merseyside Police said that overall crime throughout the region had fallen by 43% since 2005.

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