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Isle of Man crime figures still falling

Crime levels on the Isle of Man fell by 2.1% in the last six months, Department of Home Affairs figures show.

A total of 1,619 crimes were recorded between April and September in 2009, and 1,585 during the same period in 2010.

Despite the overall fall, the number of burglaries, thefts and public order offences all increased.

Home Affairs Minister Adrian Earnshaw said officers had been working to reduce the burglary statistics.

The further reduction follows the Chief Constable's annual report which showed the Isle of Man crime rate hit a 29-year low last year.

Mr Earnshaw said the increase in public order offences showed the strategy of early intervention was working.

"Their [police] actions prevent situations escalating and resulting in more serious public order offences and assaults," he said.

"I am also assured that following a blip in domestic burglaries earlier in the year, police activity has seen these reduce in recent weeks.

"Analysis of the offences, standard investigation techniques, increased foot patrols and other measures are in place to prevent further offences."

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