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Crime 'at lowest level in 30 years' - have your say
NEW FIGURES show crime in England and Wales has fallen to levels not seen for more than 30 years.
Met Police stats also show crime levels in Bexley are well below average compared with other London boroughs.
According to an Office for National Statistics report released on Thursday (October 19) the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime show a fall of six per cent for the year ending June 2012 compared with the previous year.
Despite fears the recession would lead to a rise in crime, the reports show a decrease in all major offence categories.
Figures from the CSEW estimated there were 10 million crimes, the lowest since the survey’s launch in 1981.
Violence against the person, robbery, burglary, sex crimes and vehicle crimes were all down according to the latest statistics.
Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said: “The figures indicate you have the lowest chance of being a victim of crime since the survey began in 1981.”
Officials have said it is too early to conclude the fall is evidence for an emerging downward trend when rates have been broadly stable in recent years.
Do you think these figures stand up in Bexley and have you noticed a drop in crime in the borough?
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