Devon and Cornwall records lowest crime rate in the country

    New figures released today show that crime in the force area has decreased by 6%

    Devon & Cornwall Police has recorded its lowest reported crime rate in England and Wales, according to new figures released today.

    Data released by the Official for National Statistics shows crime has reduced by 6% in the Force area during the 12 months to the end of March 2020. 

    This drop is the fourth highest out of 43 force areas, and comes against a national rise of 1.4%.

    This moves Devon & Cornwall Police up one place in the league table to become the top Force with the lowest crime rate.

    Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said:

    "We have always strived to make Devon and Cornwall the safest place in the country and today that ambition has been realised. 

    "To be ranked number one is fantastic news for our communities and testament to the hard work of all our officers, staff, special constables and volunteers in keeping our communities safe.

    "I am very proud of every member of our Force for the commitment and dedication they show to reducing crime and protecting our communities. 

    "While crime figures are only one area of performance we measure, my hope is our communities will feel reassured that we are working with them and our partners to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

    "Every crime matters to our communities so we will continue to focus on driving down the figures."

    In the period April 2019 to March 2020, 100,529 crimes were recorded compared to 106,967 in the previous 12 months.

    The 6% decrease in overall crime represents 57 recorded crimes per 1,000 residents, the lowest in England and Wales.

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