Updated: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 @ 12:43pm

Crime in Greater Manchester at 11-year low, despite major police budget cuts

Crime in Greater Manchester at 11-year low, despite major police budget cuts

By Francine Ponticelli & Jessica Cree

Crime in Greater Manchester is at an 11-year low, Home Office figures released today show.

According to the government statistics, total crime fell by 7.4% between July 2010 and June 2011, meaning there were nearly 18,000 fewer victims - the lowest level since the millennium.

It means that Greater Manchester Police is still managing to significantly decrease incidents, despite major budget cuts.

"The real story behind these figures is that there are fewer and fewer people having their lives ruined by criminals,” said Deputy Chief Constable Simon Byrne.

"They demonstrate that we are making it harder for criminals to operate and safer for potential victims of crime.”

He said that the force had been listening to the problems that worry Manchester residents in order to make them feel safer.

"We cannot lose sight of the fact that all victims of crime are real people and they have to face the very real consequences of crime,” he said.

The figures show that the total number of victims fell from 239,126 to 221,363 during the 12 month period.

The biggest improvement has been seen in crime against vehicles, which fell by almost 22% from 31,548 last year to 24,640 this year.

There have also been notable reductions in criminal damage, domestic robbery, burglary, violence against the person and sexual offences.

 Councillor Paul Murphy, Chairman of Greater Manchester Police Authority said: "The figures published today show just how far the force has come in terms of successfully tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. 

He emphasised, however, that although the improvements are impressive, Greater Manchester Police Authority would continue improving its performance.

 “This is a key part of our role and a responsibility we take very seriously," he said. 

 

Comparing July 2010 to June 2011.

- Incidents of crime fell from 239,126 to 221,363 - 17,763 less victims of crime

- 1,513 fewer victims of domestic burglary (17,629 crimes compared to 19,142 last year)

- 935 fewer victims of robbery (4,708 compared to 5,643 last year)

- 6,908 fewer victims of crimes against vehicles (24,640 compared to 31,548 last year)

- 6,746 fewer victims of criminal damage (38,552 crimes compared to 45,298 last year)

- 2,765 fewer victims of violence against the person (41,616 crimes compared to 38,851 last year)

- 53 fewer victims of sexual offences (2,819 crimes compared to 2,872 last year)