CRIME has fallen in South Derbyshire for the eleventh year in a row.
Senior officers at Derbyshire Police spoke of their ‘delight’ after learning that total crime was down by 8.4 per cent compared to the previous year.
Now, Derby South section Inspector Nigel Lidsey has told the Mail that the hard work will begin again as he and his officers work towards making sure the area continues to be a ‘safe place to live, work and visit’.
He said: “I could not have been happier when I found out that we have had another year of crime reduction in the area.
“It particularly pleases me that antisocial behaviour is down by a massive 10 per cent.
“However, we will not rest on our laurels.
“Now that these figures have been collated it means that we return to zero and will already be looking to drive down crime and achieve another reduction this time next year.
“That being said it is not going to be easy; policing now is harder than ever in the wake of budget restrictions but this does not mean we will shirk the challenge and our performance during the past 11 years is proof of what everyone involved with policing in South Derbyshire has achieved.
“What the results say to me is that the area is a safe place to live and it means that people will feel safer living here.
“This does not mean there is no crime but I think it shows that what we are doing to combat problems is working and working well.
“I would like to thank all of my officers and staff for their work and the community for the part they have played.
“We must now continue to pull together and make sure that crime continues to drop during the next 12 months.”