Suffolk crime figures: PCC's concern over unreported crime

Tim Passmore, Conservative PCC
Image caption Mr Passmore said drug crime remained a concern

Suffolk's police and crime commissioner said he would not be complacent about a drop in crime because half of all offences go unreported.

Statistics show crime fell in Suffolk for the seventh year in a row.

There were 40,009 crimes in 2012-13) compared to 45,641 in 2011-12).

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner, said: "I wouldn't want anyone to think we're complacent, because we know roughly half of crime doesn't get reported."

Suffolk Police's figures show that the number of robberies fell by 25% (84 fewer incidents), serious sexual offences dropped by 8.3% (49 fewer incidents) and criminal damage fell by 19% (1,571 fewer offences).

However, drug offences increased by 7% (120 more incidents).

Mr Passmore said: "A reduction in recorded crime for seven consecutive years is a tremendous achievement.

"But I do want to remind people to report all crime and that was a central theme in the recently published police and crime plan for Suffolk.

"[The level of drug-related crime] is something myself and the chief officers are not satisfied with and we are working with other agencies, so I wouldn't want anyone to think organised drug crime was not being looked at."

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