Police report slash in crime

New Calderdale police chief superintendent Chris Hardern.
New Calderdale police chief superintendent Chris Hardern.

CRIME in Calderdale has been slashed by nearly 12 per cent with significant reductions in vehicle theft, burglary, criminal damage, violent and drug related offences.

There are now 1,868 fewer victims of crime in Calderdale compared with the previous year according to figures released by the Home Office.

There are 130 fewer victims of burglaries, 383 fewer victims of theft from vehicles and 131 less people have had their vehicles stolen. There have also been 613 less instances of criminal damage and 519 fewer vicitims of violent offences.

Calderdale’s Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern said the amount of crime was a key measure of success for police, partnership and public engagement. “It shows that it’s working here in Calderdale and that we are continuing that downward trend,” he said.

“The reduction in crime is good for the public because people are safer on the street and it’s also good for the local economy. Low crime and the fact that crime is continuing to fall makes it better for businesses to invest in the area.”

And despite the current financial challenges, the division has made an excellent start this year with a 16 per cent reduction in overall crime in the first three months of this financial year when compared to the same period in the previous year.

Chief Supt Hardern said: “We are committed to neighbourhood policing and our officers are on the ground continuing their work with the local community and partners.

“We have ongoing operations to improve the quality of life of people in the community and local officers are working with local people and partner organisations to reduce crime. I will continue to make those officers visible and accessible to the public.’

Chief Supt Hardern said the evidence shows a continued commitment to reducing the number of victims of crime in Calderdale. “The police and other agencies will continue to support victims of crime and try to make sure it does not happen again. For those who do commit crime then our aim is to make sure that they are caught so that they can be held to account for their actions. That’s where we need the support of our local communities.”