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Crime down 10% in East Midlands

October 18, 2013 1:50 PM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Bill Newton Dunn in EU ParliamentCrime rates in East Midlands have dropped by 10 percent in the last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today.

Figures show crime against households is down by seven per cent across the country compared with the same time last year and has hit the lowest level since the ONS record began in 1981.

Crime has been lower under the Coalition Government than during every single year Labour was in power - it has also halved since hitting peak levels in 1995.

Commenting, Bill Newton Dunn Liberal Democrat MEP for the East Midlands said:

"The drop in the number of crimes is very welcome. It shows we are tackling crime in the UK better than at any time since 1981 and are providing better results for people than Labour ever did.

"People have the right to go about their daily lives without being scared of becoming victims of crime, and it is Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government who are helping to make their lives safer."

Bill Newton Dunn adds:

"While welcoming the fall in traditionally-recorded crimes, I am very concerned indeed that cross-border crimes are rising at around 15% annually but most are not being recorded in the statistics."

"Examples are : trafficking in of an unknown number of illegal immigrants, smuggling in of vast uncounted numbers of counterfeit goods (some like medicines being life-threatening) which undercut and destroy real jobs in Britain, (noting that only about 3% of all containers entering the UK by land, sea and air are ever checked) and Internet crimes stealing our money and identities. Much still remains to be done in co-operation with other members of the EU to defeat the new criminals."